Clear Liquid Diet
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A clear liquid diet is one that has foods and drinks made from liquids that you can see through. These foods are easy to eat and don't leave anything in the gastrointestinal tract.
Do not eat this way unless you are told to. It may be used when the gastrointestinal tract needs to be free of food or needs to rest, such as:
This way of eating does not give you enough calories. Be sure your doctor is watching you closely. Do not eat this way for more than a few days.
Foods You Can Have
You can also have sugar, salt, and pepper.
Foods You Should Not Have
Any foods not on the above list, such as:
American Gastroenterological Association
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Dietitians of Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada
Colonoscopy. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114112/Colonoscopy. Updated July 30, 2018. Accessed October 1, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 10/1/2018
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