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What liquids can I drink on a liquid diet?

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.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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

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