Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2015

Fibre modified diet - high > 25g

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a diet with increased dietary fibre.


A diet providing at least 25g dietary fibre per day by including plenty of wholegrain breads and cereals, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes. Daily menu provides prunes and dietary fibre supplement at breakfast, and fresh fruit or fruit dessert choice at other main meals.


  • constipation
  • diverticular disease
  • irritable bowel.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.


A generous intake of fluid (at least two to three litres per day) should accompany a high-fibre diet. A fibre supplement (unprocessed bran or psyllium) should be offered at breakfast.


Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishes All -
Sauces, gravies All -
Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice All -
Vegetables All -
Soups All -
SandwichesAll, made on wholemeal bread -
Salads, dressings All -
Breads, cereals

Wholemeal / wholegrain and high-fibre white bread

Breakfast cereals providing >3g fibre per serve (e.g. Weet-Bix™, Sultana Bran®, rolled oats, muesli)

White bread

Other cereals (e.g. Corn Flakes®, Rice Bubbles®)

Spreads All -
Hot breakfast choices All -

All fruit

Prunes offered at breakfast each day

Yoghurt All yoghurts -
DessertsAny, served with fruit

Jelly or custard without fruit

Plain cakes

Milk and cheese All -
Beverages All -
BiscuitsAll, preferably >1.5g fibre per serve (e.g. oatmeal, Shredded Wheatmeal™, Granita™) -

Unprocessed bran, psyllium

Nuts, coconut

Sugar, sweetener, salt, pepper, herbs, spices



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