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Low-fiber diet for colonoscopy preparation — diet for colonoscopy

Low-fiber diet for colonoscopy preparation — diet for colonoscopy

Low-fiber diet for colonoscopy preparation — diet for colonoscopy

Three days before your colonoscopy, eat only low-fiber foods listed below.

Two days before, continue eating only low-fiber foods.

Low-fiber diet for colonoscopy preparation

 

Three days before your colonoscopy, eat only low-fiber foods listed below.

Two days before, continue eating only low-fiber foods.

 

Type of Food or Drink

Yes – Ok to Drink

No – Avoid These

Milk and dairy

OK to eat:

 

Milk

 

Cream

 

Hot chocolate

 

Buttermilk

 

Cheese, including cottage cheese

 

Yogurt

 

Sour cream

 

NO yogurt mixed with:

 

Nuts, seeds, granola

 

Fruit with skin or seeds (such as berries)

 

Bread and grains

OK to eat:

 

Breads and grains made with refined white flour (including rolls, muffins, bagels, pasta)

White rice

Plain crackers, such as Saltines

 

Low-fiber cereal (including puffed rice, cream of wheat, corn flakes)

NO whole grains or high-fiber:

Brown or wild rice

Whole grain bread, rolls, pasta, or crackers

 

Whole grain or high-fiber cereal (including granola, raisin bran, oatmeal)

 

Bread or cereal with nuts or seeds

 

Meat

OK to eat:

Chicken

 

Turkey

Lamb

Lean pork

Veal

Fish and seafood

Eggs

Tofu

NO tough meat with gristle

Legumes

None allowed

NO:

 

Dried peas (including split or black-eyed)

 

Dried beans (including kidney, pinto, garbanzo⁄chickpea)

 

Lentils

 

Any other legume

 

Fruits

OK to eat:

 

Fruit juice without pulp

Applesauce

Ripe cantaloupe and honeydew

Ripe, peeled apricots and peaches

Canned or cooked fruit without seeds or skin

NO seeds, skin, membranes;  or dried fruit:

Raw fruit with seeds, skin, or membranes (includes berries, pineapple, apples, oranges, watermelon)

Any cooked or canned fruit with seeds or skin

Raisins or other dried fruit

Vegetables

OK for some if cooked or canned:

 

Canned or cooked vegetables without skin or peel (includes peeled carrots, mushrooms, turnips, asparagus tips)

Potatoes without skin

Cucumbers without seeds or peel

 

NO raw, skin, seeds, peel; or certain other vegetables:

 

Corn

Potatoes with skin

Tomatoes

Cucumbers with seeds and peel

Cooked cabbage or Brussels sprouts

Green peas

Summer and winter squash

Lima beans

Onions

Nuts, nut butter, seeds

OK to eat:

 

Creamy (smooth) peanut or almond butter

 

NO nuts or seeds:

 

Nuts including peanuts, almonds, walnuts

 

Chunky nut butter

 

Seeds such as fennel, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower

 

Fats and oils

OK to eat:

 

Butter

Margarine

Vegetable and other oils

 

Mayonnaise

Salad dressings made without seeds or nuts

 

NO salad dressing made with seeds or nuts

Soups

OK to eat:

Broth, bouillon, consomme, and strained soups

Milk or cream-based soup, strained

 

No:

 

Unstrained soups

Chili

Lentil soup

Dried bean soup

Corn soup

Pea soup

Desserts

OK to eat:

 

Custard

Plain pudding

Ice cream

Sherbet or sorbet

 

Jell-O or gelatin without added fruit or red or purple dye

Cookies or cake made with white flour, prepared without seeds, dried fruit, or nuts

 

NO:

 

Coconut

Anything with seeds or nuts

Anything with added red or purple dye

Cookies or cakes made with whole grain flour, seeds, dried fruit, or nuts

Drinks or beverages

OK to eat:

Coffee

 

Tea

Hot chocolate or cocoa

 

Clear fruit drinks (no pulp)

Soda and other carbonated beverages

Ensure, Boost, or Enlive without added fiber

 

NO:

Fruit or vegetable juice with pulp

Beverages with red or purple dye

 

Other

OK to eat:

Sugar

Salt

Jelly

Honey

Syrup

Lemon juice

 

NO:

Coconut

Popcorn

Jam

Marmalade

Relishes

Pickles

Olives

Stone-ground mustard

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