Low Residue Diet

In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan.


Digestion in the gastrointestinal tract is a highly complex process involving both mechanical forces and chemical reactions to disintegrate and metabolize food material. A low residue diet is a diet that restricts the ingestion of indigestible material. The term residue refers to the indigestible content of food material that remains in the gastrointestinal tract and ultimately contributes to fecal bulking. In theory, a low residue diet would result in a reduction of stool quantity and frequency. This diet includes eggs, refined grains, white rice, seafood, and poultry. Dairy intake is limited, and high fiber-containing food and whole grains are typically entirely avoided.

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