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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Health Center

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Should You Try a Low-Residue Diet?

How to Make It Work for You

Everyone is different. You may be OK with some of the things listed under "foods to avoid," while other items on the "foods to enjoy" list may bother you. 

Keep a food diary for a few weeks. Track what you eat and how it makes you feel so you know what works for you.

If you enjoy whole grains, nuts, and raw fruits and vegetables, shifting to a low-residue diet may be hard. But if you prefer white bread and pasta, don't mind canned fruits and vegetables, and are happy to snack on saltines and vanilla wafers, it may come naturally. 

Remember, this isn’t a healthy way to eat for a long time because it skips many important nutrients. If you need to stay on this diet, talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need. 

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on November 05, 2015
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