A low-fiber diet is for people who need to rest their intestinal tract.\nA low-fiber diet limits the amount of food waste that has to move through the large intestine. It may also help control diarrhea and abdominal cramping, making mealtime more enjoyable.\nTreatments that may cause digestion trouble \u2014 especially for high-fiber foods \u2014 include:\n\nChemotherapy\nRadiation\nSurgery\n\nLow-Fiber Diet Points to Keep in Mind\n\nAvoid any food made with seeds, nuts, or raw or dried fruit.\nAvoid whole-grain breads and cereals. Purchase products made from refined flour.\nDo not eat raw fruits or vegetables. Remove skins before cooking.\nLimit milk and milk products to 2 cups a day. Use lactose-reduced milk or lactase enzymes if you are lactose intolerant.\nLimit fats since these can increase stool bulk.\nAvoid tough, fibrous meats with gristle.\n\nFoods to Choose and Avoid on a Low-Fiber Diet\n\n\n\nBreads, Cereals, Rice, and Pasta\nFoods to Choose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n6 to 11 servings each day.\nServing size = 1 slice bread. 1 cup cooked cereal, rice, or pasta.\n\n\n\n\nEnriched white bread, rolls, biscuits, and muffins.\nWaffles, French toast, and pancakes.\nWhite rice, noodles, pasta, and cooked potatoes (no skin).\nPlain crackers.\nCooked cereals: farina, cream of wheat, and grits.\nCold cereals: Puffed Rice, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, and Special K.\n\n\n\n\nBreads or rolls with nuts, seeds, or fruit.\nWhole wheat bread, pumpernickel bread, and cornbread.\nPotatoes with skin, brown or wild rice, and kasha (buckwheat).\nWhole grain cereals, bran cereals, and granola-type cereals.\nCereals with nuts, seeds, coconut, or dried fruit.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFruit\nFoods to Choose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n2 to 4 servings each day.\n\n\n\n\nStrained fruit juice.\nCanned or cooked fruits without skins or seeds.\nRipe banana.\nSoft cantaloupe and honeydew melon.\n\n\n\n\nPrunes and prune juice.\nRaw or dried fruit.\nAll berries and raisins.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMilk and Dairy Products\nFoods to Choose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n2 servings each day.\nServing size = 1 cup milk or yogurt. 1\/2 ounces cheese.\n\n\n\n\nMilk, plain or flavored.\nYogurt, custard, and ice cream.\nCheese and cottage cheese.\n\n\n\n\nYogurt with nuts or seeds.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nVegetables\nFoods to Choose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n3 to 5 servings each day.\nServing size = 1\/2 cup cooked vegetables.\n\n\n\n\nStrained vegetable juice.\nWell-cooked fresh or canned vegetable: asparagus tips, beets, green beans, carrots, acorn squash (without seeds), pureed spinach, and tomato sauce.\nLettuce, if tolerated.\n\n\n\n\nRaw or partially cooked (steamed) vegetables.\nVegetables with seeds.\nSauerkraut.\nCooked peas, winter squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, baked beans, and corn.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMeats, Poultry, Fish, Dried Beans, Peas, Eggs, and Cheese\nFoods to Choose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n2 to 3 servings or a total of 6 ounces each day.\nServing size = 2-3 ounces cooked: 1 egg. 1\/2 cup cooked beans.\n\n\n\n\nGround, well-cooked, tender beef, lamb, ham, veal, pork, fish, poultry, and organ meats.\nEggs.\n\n\n\n\nTough, fibrous meats with gristle.\nDry beans, peas, and lentils.\nPeanut butter.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFats, Condiments, and Drinks\nChoose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n\nMargarine, butter, oils, mayonnaise, sour cream, and salad dressing.\nPlain gravies.\nSugar, clear jelly, honey, and syrup.\nSpices, cooked herbs, bouillon, broth, and soups made with allowed ingredients.\nCoffee, tea, and carbonated drinks.\n\n\n\n\nJam, marmalade, and preserves.\nPickles, olives, relish, and horseradish.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSnacks, Sweets, and Desserts\nChoose\nFoods to Avoid\n\n\n\n\n\nPlain cakes and cookies.\nGelatin, plain puddings, custard, ice cream, sherbet.\nPopsicles.\nHard candy.\nPretzels.\n\n\n\n\nNuts, seeds, and coconut.\nAll desserts containing nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, or made from whole grains or bran.\nCandy made with nuts or seeds.\nPopcorn.\n\n\n\n\n\nSample Low-Fiber Menu\n\n\n\nBreakfast\n\n\n1\/2 cup frozen orange juice (strained without pulp).\n1 cup cream of wheat cereal.\n1 scrambled egg.\n1 slice white bread.\n1 teaspoon margarine and grape jelly.\n1 cup milk.\nDrinks of choice.\n\n\n\n\nLunch\n\n\n1\/2 cup apple juice.\n3 ounces baked chicken.\nBaked potato (no skin).\n1\/2 cup cooked green beans.\n1 slice white bread.\n2 teaspoon margarine.\n1\/2 cup sherbet.\nDrinks of choice.\n\n\n\n\nDinner\n\n\n3 ounces tender roast beef.\n1\/2 cup white rice.\n1\/2 cup cooked carrots.\n1 slice white bread.\n1 teaspoon margarine.\n1\/2 cup canned pears.\nDrinks of choice.\n\n\n\n\nEvening Snack\n\n\n1 cup milk.\n4 graham crackers.