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Low Residue Diet

Low Residue Diet

Individuals who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease may occasionally get the recommendation to switch to a low residue diet. This type of diet requires that individuals will need to focus on eating foods that are more easily digestible. The goal is that these types of foods will be less likely to cause the symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease, such as stomach cramps or diarrhea. It is important to understand that these changes to the diet does not completely cure the issue of having inflammatory bowel disease, however. Some people are able to eat with a low residue diet until their condition improves well enough to start handling regular foods on a more frequent basis. Low residue diets can be defined as diets where fiber and other related difficult to digest foods are completely removed. The fiber is from plant material which cannot be digested by your body. High fiber foods in example of this would be whole grain breads, nuts, seeds, cereals, and certain types of ruins. Residue is considered to be anything that cannot be digested, which would be known as fiber. If the intestines are inflamed or damaged in some way, it may be difficult for the digestion of these foods to occur, which can cause problems for the body. Other times, the intestines may become too small and may not be able to handle the bulk that is associated with fiber. Some foods that you can enjoy while you are on a low residue diet include rice, noodles, pasta, cold cereal, cooked cereal, white breads, crackers, potatoes without the skin, and vegetables. When dealing with vegetables it is important to remove all of the skin or rind because it can contain fiber that you would not be able to digest. There are many other options available within this type of diet and your doctor can usually provide you with a full list of what you should and should not eat. However, there are many nutritionists which do not consider low residue diets to be healthy because they believe that since it lacks grainy foods, it does not provide the nutrients that are necessary. In consideration of this, individuals may want to search for alternative ways to get their fiber within their diet or replace some of the nutrients that they are generally missing from removing these foods from their diets, such as protein.
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