the residue-free diet is not a balanced diet. It is to follow only on medical indication. This is a dietdigestive savings very thorough, which is intended to facilitate digestion, reducing as much as possible the risk of flatulence and to avoid having too much stool volume.
Diet before a colonoscopy
“The residue-free diet is prescribed before certain medical examinations, the most common being before a colonoscopy, specifies Aurore Lavergnat, dietician-nutritionist. It is also recommended before a gastric lavage scintigraphy, a barium enema… ”
Food without residue: before and after an operation
“It is also recommended pre and or postoperatively in the event of bowel resection, ofbowel obstruction, of Colon Cancer… ”, Indicates the dietician-nutritionist.
In case of bowel disease
Foods without residue are also useful in the context of certain digestive pathologies.
” The residue-free diet is followed by people with ulcerative colitis, of the Crohn’s disease during flare-ups, specifies the dietician-nutritionist. In some patients, these flare-ups can last for weeks or even months. ”
Residue-free diet: how long to follow?
It’s a short-term diet : Between 3 and 7 days maximum because it is not without side effects. It can lead to constipation, a tired, a lack of iron, of vitamins, of minerals.
“In particular, in people who suffer from inflammatory digestive pathologies and who follow it regularly, warns Aurore Lavergnat.
These digestive pathologies already leading to malabsorption.
Allowed and prohibited foods in the residue-free diet
“In the residue-free diet, we took of food all fiber-based foods, whether plant or animal », Specifies the dietician.
– Prohibited foods : all fruits, dried fruits, oleaginous fruits, vegetables, legumes, 2nd and 3rd category meats, whether beef, lamb, pork, veal, etc. (chuck, scoter, rib, necklace …) often intended for cooking stews, stews, blanquettes, whole grains (wholemeal bread, with cereals, rice, pasta), seeds (flax, chia, squash …), fruit juices with pulp, cooked animal and vegetable fats, jam …
– Food allowed : cooked eggs, white fish, refined cereals (rusk, biscuit, etc.), white rice, classic pasta, white semolina, raw butter, oil to add after cooking, poultry, rind rind ham , rabbit, certain dairy products (fromage blanc, plain yogurt, hard cheeses such as Comté, Gruyère, Beaufort, fresh cheeses such as Saint-Môret, Petit Billy, etc.