Low-Fiber Diet for Colonoscopy Preparation

Three days before your colonoscopy, eat only low-fiber foods listed below.
Two days before, continue eating only low-fiber foods.

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See the clear liquid chart for the day before, and day of, your colonoscopy.

Type of Food or DrinkYES — OK to EAT THESE FOODSNO — AVOID THESE FOODS

Milk and dairy

milk and dairy

OK to eat:

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Hot chocolate
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese, including cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Sour cream

NO yogurt mixed with:

  • Nuts, seeds, granola
  • Fruit with skin or seeds (such as berries)

Bread and grains

bread and grains

OK to eat:

  • Breads and grains made with refined white flour (including rolls, muffins, bagels, pasta)
  • White rice
  • Plain crackers, such as Saltines
  • Low-fiber cereal (including puffed rice, cream of wheat, corn flakes)

NO whole grains or high-fiber:

  • Brown or wild rice
  • Whole grain bread, rolls, pasta, or crackers
  • Whole grain or high-fiber cereal (including granola, raisin bran, oatmeal)
  • Bread or cereal with nuts or seeds

Meat

meat

OK to eat:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Lamb
  • Lean pork
  • Veal
  • Fish and seafood
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
NO tough meat with gristle

Legumes

legumes

None allowed

NO:

  • Dried peas (including split or black-eyed)
  • Dried beans (including kidney, pinto, garbanzo⁄chickpea)
  • Lentils
  • Any other legume

Fruits

fruits

OK to eat:

  • Fruit juice without pulp
  • Applesauce
  • Ripe cantaloupe and honeydew
  • Ripe, peeled apricots and peaches
  • Canned or cooked fruit without seeds or skin

NO seeds, skin, membranes;  or dried fruit:

  • Raw fruit with seeds, skin, or membranes (includes berries, pineapple, apples, oranges, watermelon)
  • Any cooked or canned fruit with seeds or skin
  • Raisins or other dried fruit

Vegetables

vegetables

OK for some if cooked or canned:

  • Canned or cooked vegetables without skin or peel (includes peeled carrots, mushrooms, turnips, asparagus tips)
  • Potatoes without skin
  • Cucumbers without seeds or peel

NO raw, skin, seeds, peel; or certain other vegetables:

  • Corn
  • Potatoes with skin
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers with seeds and peel
  • Cooked cabbage or Brussels sprouts
  • Green peas
  • Summer and winter squash
  • Lima beans
  • Onions

Nuts, nut butter, seeds

nuts

OK to eat:

  • Creamy (smooth) peanut or almond butter

NO nuts or seeds:

  • Nuts including peanuts, almonds, walnuts
  • Chunky nut butter
  • Seeds such as fennel, sesame, pumpkin, sunflower

Fats and oils

oils

OK to eat:

  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Vegetable and other oils
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad dressings made without seeds or nuts
NO salad dressing made with seeds or nuts

Soups

soups

OK to eat:

  • Broth, bouillon, consomme, and strained soups
  • Milk or cream-based soup, strained

No:

  • Unstrained soups
  • Chili
  • Lentil soup
  • Dried bean soup
  • Corn soup
  • Pea soup

Desserts

dessert

OK to eat:

  • Custard
  • Plain pudding
  • Ice cream
  • Sherbet or sorbet
  • Jell-O or gelatin without added fruit or red or purple dye
  • Cookies or cake made with white flour, prepared without seeds, dried fruit, or nuts

NO:

  • Coconut
  • Anything with seeds or nuts
  • Anything with added red or purple dye
  • Cookies or cakes made with whole grain flour, seeds, dried fruit, or nuts

Drinks or beverages

beverages

OK to eat:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate or cocoa
  • Clear fruit drinks (no pulp)
  • Soda and other carbonated beverages
  • Ensure, Boost, or Enlive without added fiber

NO:

  • Fruit or vegetable juice with pulp
  • Beverages with red or purple dye

Other

other

OK to eat:

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Jelly
  • Honey
  • Syrup
  • Lemon juice

NO:

  • Coconut
  • Popcorn
  • Jam
  • Marmalade
  • Relishes
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Stone-ground mustard