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Low Fibre Diet

Who is this information for?

This information is for people who may need to restrict their fibre intake for a medical reason. You will be advised exactly how to do this with the guidance and support of your Dietitian.

You may be advised to follow a low fibre diet:

路聽聽聽聽聽 before and/or after surgery

路聽聽聽聽聽 after the insertion of a colonic stent

路聽聽聽聽聽 if you have bowel adhesions or narrowing of the colon

路聽聽聽聽聽 during an active flare-up of ulcerative colitis, Crohn鈥檚 disease or diverticulitis

路聽聽聽聽聽 if you are suffering from diarrhoea

路聽聽聽聽聽 if you are experiencing excessive wind and bloating

路聽聽聽聽聽 if you are experiencing abdominal pain or cramping

路聽聽聽聽聽 if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

路聽聽聽聽聽 if you have a high output ileostomy/colostomy

What is Fibre?

Dietary fibre (also known as roughage) is the part of food that cannot be easily digested.

Fibre is not digested in our small intestine – it moves into our colon or large intestine where some of it will be broken down. Fibre also helps our stools form a 鈥榖ulk鈥 and makes them solid.

Different Types of Fibre:

There are two main types of fibre: soluble and insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre is easily digested in our large intestines/colon and dissolves with water to form a gel. For example:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 porridge oats

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 the flesh of fruits e.g. apples, pears, bananas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 root vegetables


Insoluble fibre passes through our body without being broken down or absorbed. For example:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 the skins, pips and seeds of fruit and vegetables

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 fibrous fruits and vegetables e.g. rhubarb, celery

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 raw or undercooked vegetables

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 vegetables that humans are unable to digest e.g. mushrooms, sweetcorn, lettuce and other salad leaves


An example of the two different types of fibre can be seen in a tomato.

Soluble fibre is the fleshy part of the tomato. This will dissolve in the large intestine and helps to add bulk to stools.

Insoluble fibre is the skin and seeds of the tomato. These are the parts that are not possible for your gut to digest.


What is a low fibre diet?

A low fibre diet is one that will help you to reduce the volume and frequency of your stool. It also lengthens the time food passes through your gut.


How long will you need to follow this diet?

These changes are usually only recommended for a short period of time. Your Dietitian will follow your progress and advise you on the next stage of your treatment.


What foods do you need to avoid?

Some foods need to be completely avoided. These include the pips, skins and seeds of fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, pulses and beans, which are not easily digested. The tables on pages 3-7 provide detailed lists.


What fruit and vegetables can you eat?

When you follow a low fibre diet you need to limit how many fruit and vegetables you eat. You must aim to have no more than 1 portion of fruit and 1 portion of vegetables each day.聽 聽A portion is roughly 80 grams, or the equivalent of a handful. Always choose from the 鈥榝oods allowed鈥 lists.



Foods allowed
Limit to 1 portion per day
Foods to avoid
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Apples (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Apricots (fresh, peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bananas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mango

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Melon

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Nectarines (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Papaya

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pears (Peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Peaches (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Plums (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Watermelon (no pips)


路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Fruit juice (no bits)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pur茅ed, stewed or cooked fruit (without skins, pips or stones)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tinned fruit

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Fruit sauces and coulis with pips removed e.g. sieved raspberry coulis, apple sauce













路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Blackberries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Blackcurrants

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Blueberries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cherries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clementines

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Coconut

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cranberries (fresh and dried)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dates

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dried apricots

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Figs

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Grapefruit

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Grapes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kiwi

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mandarins

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Oranges

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Passion fruit

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pineapple

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pomegranate

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Prunes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Raisins

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Raspberries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Redcurrants

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rhubarb

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Satsumas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Strawberries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sultanas


Fruit juice with bits


Foods allowed
Limit to 1 portion per day
Foods to avoid


All vegetables need to be well cooked

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aubergine (peeled and deseeded)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Avocado

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Broccoli (no stalks)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Butternut squash

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cabbage (white or green)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Carrots

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cauliflower (no stalks)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Celeriac

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chilli pur茅e

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Courgette (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cucumber (peeled and deseeded)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Daikon (Asian radish)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Garlic pur茅e

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gem squash

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ginger pur茅e

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Horseradish pur茅e

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Lemongrass pur茅e

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Marrow (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Onion (well-cooked)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Parsnips

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Patty pan (peeled)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Peppers (peeled and deseeded)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pumpkin

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Shallots (well-cooked)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Spinach (well cooked)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Swede

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tomato passata

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tomatoes (peeled and deseeded)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Turnips

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Smooth vegetable soups (made with allowed vegetables)


















路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Asparagus

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Baby corn

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bean sprouts

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Beetroot

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bok Choi

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Broad beans

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Brussel sprouts

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Beans (French, green, runner)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Celery

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chicory

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chilli (fresh)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Coleslaw

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Edamame

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Fennel

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Garlic (whole, raw or undercooked)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Gherkins

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ginger

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Globe artichokes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jerusalem artichokes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kohlrabi

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Leeks

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Lemongrass

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Lettuce

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mangetout

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mushrooms

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Okra

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Olives

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Onions (whole, raw or undercooked)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pak choi

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Peas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Pickled onions

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Radish

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rocket

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Salad leaves

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Shallots (whole, raw or undercooked)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Soya beans

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Spinach (raw)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Spring greens

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Spring onions

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sugar snap peas

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sweetcorn

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tomatoes (whole, with skins and pips)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Watercress



路聽聽聽聽聽聽 All skins, pips and seeds

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tough stalks of vegetables e.g. cauliflower, broccoli

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Raw vegetables

Soup with whole vegetables e.g. minestrone


What starchy foods can you eat?
Cereals, Bread & Flour

Foods allowed Foods to avoid
Breakfast Cereals:

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路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cheerios庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cornflakes庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Frosties庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Porridge (plain)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ready Brek庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rice Krispies庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Special K庐 (without berries)

Breads etc.

White only

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bagels (plain)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Brioche

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cheese scones

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crackers (without seeds and grains)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crispbreads

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Croissants

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crumpets (plain)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Melba toast

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Muffins (plain, without berries)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Oat cakes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rice cakes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Scotch pancakes (plain)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 White bread, rolls, baguettes

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 White pitta bread

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 White tortilla wraps



路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chickpea flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cornflour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cornmeal

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rice flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Potato flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 White Flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cassava (Garri) flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Yam flour


Breakfast Cereals:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Cereals containing dried

fruit, seeds or nuts

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 All Bran庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bran flakes庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crunchy Nut Cornflakes庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Fruit n Fibre庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Granola

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Muesli

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Oats (raw)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Porridge with berries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Special K with berries

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Sultana Bran庐

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wholemeal, wholegrain and bran cereals

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Weetabix庐

Breads etc.

Wholemeal, wholegrain, granary, rye, seeded

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bagels

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crackers (wholegrain)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Crispbreads (wholegrain or seeded)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Granary bread, rolls, baguettes, pitta bread, wraps

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Malted bread (Soreen庐)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Muffins (with berries or made with wholegrain flour)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Multigrain bread

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Rye bread

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Seeded bread

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wholegrain bread, rolls, baguettes, pitta bread, wraps

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wholemeal bread, rolls, baguettes, pitta bread, wraps



路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bran

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Granary flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wholemeal flour

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Wholegrain flour





Please view PDF for more information and lists of other food.