Low Fibre Diet Sheet

This leaflet aims to enable adults to choose low fibre foods and drinks.

Aim of the leaflet

You have been advised to follow a low fibre diet. This leaflet will help you to identify foods and drinks that contain small amounts of fibre and avoid those which are high.

A low fibre diet will reduce the activity of your bowel by reducing stomach discomfort and bloating. It will also help to prevent your bowels becoming blocked if you are at risk of an obstruction.

Fibre is the part of food that is not broken down and digested. It passes through the gut and then forms your bowel movement.

Important points

  • This diet is normally used as a temporary measure only. If you have to continue a low fibre diet for a long period speak to your dietitian
  • Foods high in fibre are wholegrain, wholemeal, bran, oats, nuts, seeds, skins and stalks of certain fruit and vegetables
  • Avoid foods labelled “high fibre”
  • Avoid spicy foods as these can irritate the bowels

Meat, fish & alternatives

Suitable foods

  • All meat and fish
  • Quorn sausage (max 1) Quorn chicken style pieces < 50g
  • Quorn chicken/bacon slices < 30g
  • Eggs
  • Tofu

Foods to avoid

  • Meat/fish with breadcrumbs or wholemeal pastry All pulses g. baked/broad/kidney beans, lentils

Dairy Products

Suitable foods

  • Milk – all types Cheese
  • Smooth yoghurts

Foods to avoid

  • Cheese with nuts or pieces of fruit
  • Yoghurts containing large pieces of fruit, fibre, nuts or seeds

Fats and Oils

  • All allowed

Starchy Carbohydrates

Suitable foods

  • Cornflakes (without nuts) Rice puff cereals
  • White bread and toast White naan (plain) Chapatti (made with white flour)
  • Poppadoms White pitta
  • Crumpets, plain scones White rice
  • Noodles White pasta
  • Plain crackers, crispbreads
  • All potatoes (peeled) Chips

Foods to avoid

  • Wholegrain cereals e.g. wheat, bran, porridge, muesli or those containing added fruit/nuts
  • Wholemeal, brown, granary, bran and soya flours or white breads containing high fibre
  • Couscous Brown/cold rice
  • Wholemeal/cold pasta
  • Rye and wholegrain crackers/crispbreads Jacket potato skins

Fruit : peel and remove seeds, pips and stalks

Suitable foods

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lychees
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Tinned fruit cocktail

Foods to avoid

  • Dried fruit (Prunes, Raisins, Sultanas)
  • Banana chips
  • Beansprouts
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Dates Figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Loganberries
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Redcurrants
  • Satsuma
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines

Vegetables : peel and remove seeds, pips and stalks

Suitable foods

  • Aubergine
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Courgette
  • Cucumbe
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Marrow
  • Mushrooms (tinned)
  • Onion (cooked)
  • Pepper
  • Radish
  • Swede
  • Sweet potato
  • Tomato
  • Turnip

Foods to avoid

  • Asparagus
  • Beans (Green/French/Runner)
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms (fresh)
  • Onion (raw)
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweetcorn



  • Sauces: Barbecue (BBQ), gravy, bread, cheese, brown, tartare, tomato (sieved to remove skin/seeds) ketchup, white (béchamel)
  • Dressings: French/blue cheese/ thousand island (smooth)/mayonnaise/salad cream
  • Smooth marmalade/jam, lemon curd, syrup
  • Marmite Bovril
  • Stock cubes
  • Smooth soup for example cream of chicken/tomato
  • Corn snacks, potato crisps, pretzels

To avoid

  • Onion sauce, pickles, chutney, garlic
  • Jam, marmalade containing seeds or peel Peanut butter
  • All other soups
  • Nuts, seeds, Bombay mix, spicy potato crisps

Puddings & snacks

Suitable foods

  • Jelly
  • Blancmange
  • Instant desserts
  • Ice lollies
  • Sorbet
  • Meringue
  • Mousse
  • Custard
  • Rice pudding
  • Ice cream
  • Sweet pastries
  • Muffins
  • Scone (plain)
  • Pancakes
  • Tapioca
  • Plain cake/biscuits for example. rich tea, malted milk and shortbread Chocolate, toffee, fudge

Foods to avoid

  • No added fruit/nuts Popcorn
  • Mince pies
  • Wholemeal cakes for example. flapjack or biscuits e.g. Digestives/Oat based or those containing fruit, nuts or marzipan
  • Chocolate, toffee and fudge with added fruit/nuts
  • Scone with currants


Suitable drinks

  • Fruit juice (any without bits) Fruit Squash
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Carbonated Drinks (e.g. Lemonade/Cola) Alcoholic Drinks
  • Hot Chocolate Milk
  • Water
  • Nutritional supplements (without added fibre) for example; over the counter – Complan or Build up soup/shake or those prescribed. Your dietitian can advise on supplements available on prescription.

Drinks to avoid

  • Fruit juice with added fibre/skin/pith
  • Malted drinks
  • Nutritional supplements with added fibre

Ideas for low fibre meal plan


  • Rice Puff Cereals/Cornflakes
  • Cooked Breakfast: egg, sausage, bacon, tomatoes (no skin/seeds) and white toast
  • Croissant, Crumpets, White Toast
  • Fruit with yoghurt (smooth)


  • Sandwiches (made with white bread) with suitable filling
  • Soup (smooth) with white bread
  • Salad: Lettuce, tomato (no skin/seeds), cucumber with egg/cheese/meat/prawn/tuna with dressing and new potatoes/white bread
  • Baked potato (no skin) with suitable filling


  • Meat pie/sausages with mashed potato, carrot and parsnips
  • Roast dinner with suitable vegetables/sauces and potatoes
  • Chicken, bacon and cheese melt with suitable salad and new potatoes
  • Omelette (cheese/ham), new potatoes and suitable salad
  • Fish fingers with chips and suitable salad
  • Macaroni (white pasta) cheese with tomato (no skin/seeds) & suitable salad
  • Beefburger in a white bun (no seeds) with suitable salad and chips
  • Salmon/Quorn with rice and suitable sauces


  • Plain biscuits, tea or coffee, milky drink, crisps, cheese and crackers, yoghurt (smooth) and suitable fruit.

Contact details

Nutrition and Dietetic Department Lincoln County Hospital
Greetwell Road

Telephone: 01522 573418

Telephone: 01507 600100 ex 1312

Nutrition and Dietetic Department Pilgrim Hospital
Sibsey Road
PE21 9QS

Telephone: 01205 446450

Nutrition and Dietetic Department Grantham and District Hospital
101 Manthorpe Road
NG31 8DG

Telephone: 01476 464339