Gastrointestinal problems, like diverticulitis, can create a need for low-fiber diets. A low daily intake of fiber means 20 grams or less of fiber intake per day. This diet is not recommended for long periods of time, since it can lead to other gastrointestinal disorders.
A good rule of thumb is to stick to enriched white flour and avoid whole grains. Try white bread, bagels, English muffins, plain cereals, white rice, refined pasta, arrowroot cookies, and tea biscuits.
Fruits and Vegetables
Peel the skin off fruits and vegetables before cooking or serving. Low sources of fiber include mushrooms, beets, green beans, carrots, eggplant, peppers, squash, and zucchini. Avoid dried fruits, raisins, and berries. Stick to applesauce, apricots, bananas, grapes, melons, and clear juices.
Most meats are acceptable; just be sure to cook them until they are tender. Eggs are a good low-fiber, high-protein alternative.
Most dairy products are low in fiber, but avoid yogurt or cheese containing seeds. Use sparingly, since milk can cause constipation and other digestive problems.
Keep it plain, including pudding, custard, gelatin, sherbet, tapioca, cake, and cookies.
Acceptable fats are butter, margarine, cooking oils, mayonnaise, and cream. Avoid spicy foods, but most toppings are low in fiber and don't cause a problem. Enjoy mustard, ketchup, sugar, salt, pepper, jelly, honey, and syrup.