Low Residue Diet
A low residue diet is a diet that involves reducing the quantity of stools that are excreted on a daily basis. A low residue diet is very similar in nature to a low fiber diet but it is a great deal more restrictive. Many people who have tried the low residue diet find it very difficult to do so because many of the low residue diet recipes are not that tasty or interesting. The low residue diet is often also a residue fiber restricted diet and is only suitable for short spans of time. The reason the low residue diet is only used for a brief period of time in that it does not allow for the necessary nutritional requirements.
A low residue diet is a restrictive diet and some people even buy it for their pets in the form of science diet low residue dry food and in particular science diet low residue dry food for cats. For pets that have health problems such as digestive problems, the restrictive residue diet is beneficial.
For people certain health conditions necessitate the use of a low residue diet for a short period of time. These health conditions include bowel inflammation, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and in some cases the first and second stages of labor.
A low residue diet is also often a diabetic diet. Some foods that must be avoided on a low residue diet include wholemeal, fried fish and fried meat, pickled meat or fish, smoked meat or fish, meat pies, brown rice, oatmeal and shredded wheat. Other foods to avoid on a low residue diet include dried fruit, canned fruit, nuts, peanut butter, coconut, pastries and donuts, spicy and vegetable soups, pickles and chutneys and jam with seeds in it. All fried foods must be avoided on a low residue diet. Nuts of all types must be avoided on a low residue diet. Some people decided to supplement the low residue diet with low fiber and non-dairy products.
Some foods that are allowed on a low residue diet include white bread, white rolls, white rice and white pasta; meat and fish that is broiled or baked but not fried; fruit that is soft and cooked; peeled potatoes that are mashed or boiled, soft carrots, skinless tomatoes and tips of cauliflower.