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A List of Foods Low in Fiber

Updated April 17, 2017

Gastrointestinal problems, like diverticulitis, can create a need for low-fibre diets. A low daily intake of fibre means 20 grams or less of fibre intake per day. This diet is not recommended for long periods of time, since it can lead to other gastrointestinal disorders.

Grains

A good rule of thumb is to stick to enriched white flour and avoid whole grains. Try white bread, bagels, English muffins, plain cereals, white rice, refined pasta, arrowroot cookies, and tea biscuits.

Fruits and Vegetables

Peel the skin off fruits and vegetables before cooking or serving. Low sources of fibre include mushrooms, beets, green beans, carrots, eggplant, peppers, squash, and zucchini. Avoid dried fruits, raisins, and berries. Stick to applesauce, apricots, bananas, grapes, melons, and clear juices.

Meats

Most meats are acceptable; just be sure to cook them until they are tender. Eggs are a good low-fibre, high-protein alternative.

Dairy

Most dairy products are low in fibre, but avoid yoghurt or cheese containing seeds. Use sparingly, since milk can cause constipation and other digestive problems.

Desserts

Keep it plain, including pudding, custard, gelatin, sherbet, tapioca, cake, and cookies.

Miscellaneous Foods

Acceptable fats are butter, margarine, cooking oils, mayonnaise, and cream. Avoid spicy foods, but most toppings are low in fibre and don't cause a problem. Enjoy mustard, ketchup, sugar, salt, pepper, jelly, honey, and syrup.

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Over the course of a 15-year career, John Briggs has written for print and online clients. As a syndicated TV critic, his work appeared in some of the country's top dailies. He has a degree in political science from Temple University and took additional writing classes at NYU.