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Weight Loss Diets

What liquids can I drink on a liquid diet?

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  • ADeborah Raines, MSN, Nursing, answered on behalf of Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)

    Drinks included on a clear liquid diet include:

    • Plain water
    • Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple juice, grape juice or cranberry juice
    • Clear, fat-free broth such as bouillon or consommé
    • Clear sodas (i.e. ginger ale)
    • Plain gelatin
    • Honey
    • Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
    • Ice chips
    • Tea without cream or sugar
    • Sports drinks like Gatorade
  • ADiscovery Health answered

    Now you know liquid diets and how there are two types - clear and full-liquid.

    So what's the difference?

    Clear liquids, generally speaking, are transparent. Vodka, gin, some liquors and white wine are transparent, but not on the list of acceptable liquids for a liquid diet.

    Coffee, however, is. So too, is tea, very good news for our friends across the point. On a clear liquid diet, you can also have clear soup broths, clear fruit juice, clear carbonated drinks (who knew 7-Up was a health food?), popsicles and gelatin.

    A full liquid diet is like a clear liquid diet, only you can have liquids that are not clear.

    I know, rocket science, right?

    Among liquids you can have on a full-liquid diet are milk, ice cream, pudding, cream soups, oatmeal, cream of wheat, honey and purred vegetables. A lot of folks try what is called a modified liquid diet, using protein powers or meal-replacement shakes instead of one or two solid meals, then eating one normal, solid-meal per day. The idea is to ingest reduced calories while the solid food replenishes nutrients that may not be in a liquid diet.

    Is your liquid diet ordered by your doctor? Pay close attention to all the advice offered. Planning to start one on your own? Talk to your doctor.

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