Low-fiber diet


Abdomen | Gastroenterology | Low-fiber diet (Disease)


Description

Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables and grains not digested by your body. A low-fiber diet limits these foods and, in doing so, limits the amount of undigested materials that pass through your large intestine and lessens stool bulk. A low-fiber diet may be recommended for a number of conditions or situations.

A low-fiber diet is sometimes called a restricted-fiber or low-residue diet. Residue simply means any food, including fiber, that isnt digested and remains in the intestines.

Dietary fiber is usually found in vegetables, fruits and grains or their derivatives. Fiber - both the soluble and insoluble - is the fruit, vegetables or grains that the body can not digest.

Causes and Risk factors

The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in dietary fiber and high in fat from cheese, eggs and meat. Population consumes an average amount of 5-14 grams of fiber per day, enough compared to 20-35 grams recommended amount. Both children and adults eat too much refined food and ready-made from natural fibers have been removed. Weight loss diets are usually very low in fiber. A low-fiber diet also plays a key role in constipation in older adults who choose convenience foods low in fiber one. Also, difficulties with chewing and swallowing food may force older people to eat soft foods, ready-made but low in fiber.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Treatment includes fruits and vegetables, which are excellent sources of fiber. They can be combined with oral supplements. ...