Fibre modified diet - moderate < 20g
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 moderately low in dietary fibre.
A diet providing less than 20g dietary fibre per day by avoiding foods that are high in dietary fibre and resistant starch.
- acute phases of inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis.
- gastrointestinal symptoms after radiation therapy or gastrointestinal surgery
Not nutritionally adequate; nutrients that may be inadequate include fibre, folate and magnesium.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes|
Main meals <3g fibre per serve
Plain roasted and grilled meats, poultry and fish
Other wet dishes with low vegetable content
|All dishes containing nuts, legumes or high vegetable content|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||<1.5g fibre per serve, e.g. mashed and boiled potato, white rice and pasta|
Jacket and roasted potato
Brown rice or pasta
|Vegetables||<1.5g fibre per serve, e.g. well-cooked cauliflower florets, pumpkin, green beans, zucchini, squash, carrots||Vegetables with >1.5g fibre per serve|
Soups with <1.5g fibre per serve e.g. Clear broths, chicken noodle soup
Strained cream soups
|Soups with >1.5g fibre per serve|
|Sandwiches||Sandwiches made on white bread with meat, fish, egg and / or cheese fillings|
Wholemeal, wholegrain, rye or high-fibre white bread
Vegetables (e.g. tomato, pickles)
Breakfast cereals providing <3g fibre per serve (e.g. Corn Flakes®, Rice Bubbles®, rolled oats, semolina)
Wholemeal, wholegrain or rye bread
High-fibre white bread
Other cereals (e.g. Weet-Bix™, muesli, bran cereals)
|Spreads||Honey, Vegemite™, jam, mayonnaise||Marmalade, peanut butter|
|Hot breakfast choices||Eggs, plain omelette, grilled bacon, tinned spaghetti, mushrooms, tomatoes (vegetables <1.5g/serve), sausages||Baked beans|
Up to two serves per day: canned fruit <2.5g fibre per serve (e.g. peaches, apples, two fruits, pears)
All fresh and dried fruit
Canned pineapple, apricots, plums, fruit salad, cherries, berries, prunes
|Yoghurt||All yoghurt, fruit and plain||-|
Plain milk puddings, e.g. custards, creamy rice
Plain cakes and puddings
Any desserts containing fruit, e.g. sultana custard
Cakes made with wholemeal flour, fruit, nuts, coconut or bran
|Milk and cheese||All||-|
Tea, coffee, milk, cordial, soft drinks
|Biscuits||All others (e.g. Milk Arrowroot™, Milk Coffee™||Biscuits made with wholemeal flour, fruit, nuts, coconut, bran or vegetables (e.g. carrot)|
Cream, sugar, salt, pepper
|Psyllium, oat bran, nuts|
- Dietitians Association of Australia. Nutrition manual. 9th ed. Canberra: DAA; 2014.
- American Dietetic Association. Nutrition care manual. Chicago: ADA; 2009.
- Maher AK, editor; Iowa Dietetic Association. Simplified diet manual. 10th ed. Ames: Blackwell; 2007.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand. NUTTAB 2010 Online searchable database: foods that contain total dietary fibre.