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What is a low-residue diet for inflammatory bowel disease?

The diet that doctors usually recommend for people with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a low-residue diet. It is particularly suitable if you are prone to symptoms of obstruction.

If you are on a low-residue diet, you should avoid seeds, popcorn, nuts, whole-grain breads and flours. Also, avoid dried fruits, raw vegetables and fruits, particularly the skins, pulps and peels. You may want to limit your milk and fat consumption and avoid tough and fibrous meats.

It is also advisable to chew your food well and to eat slowly. Make sure your food is nearly liquid before you swallow it.

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