At Gastrointestinal & Liver Specialists of Tidewater, we know that patients and families want to know as much as they can about the GI system and disorders that affect their daily lives. Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you. If you still have questions, please contact us through our website.

Low-Fiber Diet

A low-fiber diet is for people who need to rest their intestinal tract. A low-fiber diet limits the amount of food waste that has to move through the large intestine.

Foods Recommended

Foods to Avoid

Breads, Cereal, Rice and Pasta:

  • White bread, rolls, biscuits, and croissant, melba toast
  • Waffles, French toast, and pancakes
  • White rice, noodles, pasta, macaroni and peeled cooked potatoes
  • Plain crackers, Saltines
  • Cooked cereals: farina, Cream of Rice
  • Cold cereals: Puffed Rice, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, and Special K
Breads, Cereal, Rice and Pasta:

  • Breads or rolls with nuts, seeds or fruit
  • Whole wheat, pumpernickel, rye breads and cornbread
  • Potatoes with skin, brown or wild rice, and kasha (buckwheat)

Tender cooked and canned vegetables without seeds: carrots, asparagus tips, green or wax beans, pumpkin, spinach, lima beans


  • Raw or steamed vegetables
  • Vegetables with seeds
  • Sauerkraut
  • Winter squash, peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, cauliflower, baked beans, peas and corn

  • Strained fruit juice
  • canned fruit, except pineapple
  • ripe bananas
  • melons

  • prunes and prune juice
  • raw or dried fruit
  • all berries, figs, dates and raisins

  • milk, plain or flavored
  • yogurt, custard, and ice cream
  • cheese and cottage cheese

  • Yogurt with nuts or seeds
Meat and other proteins:

  • ground, wellcooked tender beef, lamb, ham, veal, pork, fish, poultry, and organ meats
  • eggs
  • peanut butter without nuts
Meat and other proteins:

  • tough, fibrous meats with gristle
  • dry beans, peas, and lentils
  • peanut butter with nuts
  • Tofu
Fats, Snack, Sweets, Condiments, and Beverages:

  • Margarine, butter, oils, mayonnaise, sour cream, and salad dressing
  • Plain gravies
  • Sugar, clear jelly, honey, and syrup
  • Spices, cooked herbs, bouillon, broth, and soups made with allowed vegetables
  • Coffee, tea, and carbonated drinks
  • Plain cakes and cookies
  • Gelatin, plain puddings, custard, ice cream, sherbet, Popsicles
  • Hard candy or pretzels
  • Ketchup, mustard