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Just because you’re scheduled for colonoscopy, does not mean you have to starve. You can eat before your colonoscopy. The kind of food you eat depends on your health problems, previous cleanliness levels during colonoscopy and your doctor’s preference. Some people are easier to clean out than others. Read Predictors of Inadequate Bowel Preparation. There are 2 main diets before colonoscopy. The clear liquid diet and the low fiber diet. The low fiber diet is also called the low residue diet. Please, follow the specific diet recommended by your doctor.
What diet is recommended for most patients before colonoscopy?
Most providers recommend a low fiber diet starting 3 days before your colonoscopy. And a clear liquid diet 1 day before your colonoscopy. This means a clear liquid diet for breakfast, lunch and dinner a day before your colonoscopy.
What is a clear liquid diet?
Clear liquid diet excludes red and purple colored substances. Alcohol is also not allowed. Examples of clear liquid diet include water, tea, plain coffee, lemonade from powdered mix, carbonated beverages and soda, clear juices such as apple and white grape, plain or flavored gelatin, sports drinks such as Gatorade® , All-Sports®, Powerade®; sorbet, popsicles, honey, sugar, hard candy, fat-free broth, bouillon or consommé.
Can I eat real food before colonoscopy?
Some doctors allow a low fiber diet for breakfast and lunch a day before your colonoscopy as long as you follow the split-dose instructions. You still have to be on a clear liquid diet for dinner. This type of instruction only works in certain patients.
If you had a poor bowel prep before, you may need to be on low fiber diet for 72 hours before your colonoscopy and clear liquid diet on the day before your colonoscopy OR clear liquid diet for 48 hours before your colonoscopy.
What is low residue (or low fiber) diet?
Residue refers to undigested food or fibers that make up part of the stool. A low residue diet reduces the frequency and volume of stool while prolonging the time it takes food to travel the intestine. You should avoid the following food items: whole wheat breads, cereals, crackers and rolls; whole wheat pasta, brown or wild rice; any item with nuts, seeds and fruits; buckwheat, granola, cornbread, pumpernickel bread; tough meat and meat items with skin; raw fruits, prunes and prune juice, berries, raisins and dried fruits; raw or partially cooked vegetables. You should also avoid milk and milk products.
If you are on a low residue diet, you may be allowed to have white bread, rolls and biscuits; white rice or noodles; plain crackers, potato rolls, skinless cooked potato; skinless chicken, skinless turkey, fish and other sea food; canned fruits without seeds or skin; eggs; vanilla wafers.
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Is canned white tuna or chicken okay for low fibre pre colonoscopy diet?
Skinless chicken and fish okay as low fiber diet. As always, follow your doctor’s advice.
Can you have bananas ?
No. Not before colonoscopy.
bananas ok on low fiber diet before colonoscopy prep
Yes. Ripe bananas are considered low fiber diet.
My colonoscopy is scheduled for Monday morning and I want to know if I can eat egg drop soup for supper with the crunchy noodles using chicken broth, eggs and granulated ginger
Egg drop soup question: I left out that it is Saturday night.
Is a beef consommé classed as liquid for day before colonoscopy? It has 0.4g fibre in whole tin
It is Saturday night and I want to know if I can eat egg drop soup made with chicken broth if my procedure/colonoscopy is Monday morning?
Yes. Most people are on low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy.
Can i eat ciabatta bread? I have 4 days until my procedure
Ciabatta is made from wheat flour. Wheat bread is not a low fiber diet. Most people can still eat any bread 4 days before colonoscopy. Most physicians recommend clear liquid diet a day before colonoscopy or low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy or both. Follow the specific instruction given by your physician.
I’m having my colonoscopy On Friday , but I ate some grainy nutty cereal Tuesday night .
Can I have beef broth on my clear liquid diet?
No. You can have just the broth but not the beef or vegetables.
Once I start my bowel cleansing am I allowed to have chicken broth ,tea or white grape juice.
Yes. I hope by chicken broth, you mean just the broth. You can continue to have clear liquids up to 2 hours before your colonoscopy per guidelines. Some anesthesiologist may want you to stop all fluids longer. Always follow the instructions of your physician.
Can I have coconut sorbet on the clear liquid day before colonoscopy?
What about cheese? Not a lot, just parm or a soft cheese to have with noodles
No. Not on clear liquid diet.
Sorry, should have clarified. Of course not on a clear liquid diet, but what about the two days before, on a low-residue diet? I’m about to go into my procedure, but the information might help someone else, I found very little on that online
cheese and pasta should be avoided on low fiber (low residue) diet.
Can you have margarine on your bread ?
Yes. You can have white bread with butter or margarine on low fiber diet before colonoscopy. You should not have this as clear liquid diet before colonoscopy.
Can I eat chocolate like Hershey kisses
Not on clear liquid diet 1 day before colonoscopy because of the dairy content. Some also contain nuts. Though not recommended, some people cheat on some of these treats and still do okay.
It is Sunday and my procedure is Wednesday morning. I had whole grain cereal early today. Should I reschedule my appointment?
No. You don’t have to re-schedule. Follow all the instructions. Read https://bowelprepguide.com/prep-for-colonoscopy/. Good luck!
Can I have Homemade Banana sorbet a day before my colonoscopy, I’ve seen mango, peach and lemon are allowed but nothing about bananas. I am on a clear liquid diet.
I accidently ate some sesames five days before my colonoscopy, do I need to reschedule?
No. You don’t have to reschedule. Most providers recommend low fiber diet 72 hours before colonoscopy and clear liquid diet 24 hours before colonoscopy.
Choose the split bowel prep regimen. Good luck!
The day before my 2-day liquid diet for colonoscopy can I eat a Chilli Dog from Der Wienerschnitzel? Doctor said I can have fast food.
Why are you on a 2 day clear liquid diet? Did you have an inadequate bowel prep the last time? Even on a 2 day bowel prep, you should be on a low fiber diet 72 hours before your colonoscopy. Always follow the advice of your doctor. Good luck!
Today is Thursday 5-9-19, I did the prep. Now it is 9 o’clock can I have a beef broth for dinner?
Broth is considered a clear liquid diet. Follow the specific instruction of your doctor regarding dietary restrictions before colonoscopy. Good luck!
Can almond or coconut *milk* be consumed during the low fiber diet days, in place of dairy milk? Also, how about regular butter, instead of margarine?
Yes, you can.
What are some things I can eat if it is Tuesday 3:00p.m. and my colonoscopy is tomorrow (Wednesday) 2:00 p.m.?
The items on clear liquid diet. Make sure you keep hydrated.
hia today is tuesday and my colonoscopy is on thursday morning would it be to drink diet coke and a protein bar.
Coke is okay. It depends on what kind of protein bar. A lot of them are also high in fiber. In most patients, low fiber diet is preferred 3 days before colonoscopy. Good luck!
Its Sunday 4:23 pm I have my colonoscopy at 11am tommorow am I able to have chicken broth but add some seasoning to it?
im vegan and got my colonoscopy in 5 days,
is tofu ok? are spreads like lean Tahini or peanut butter in this consistency are good till the day before?
Yes; you can have tofu and peanut butter as low fiber diet. A day before colonoscopy, most people are on clear liquid diet.
I’m going through a cleansing for colonoscopy tomorrow but I had a spoon for a peanut butter and I hope that’s okay cuz I didn’t eat much of nothing today in matter fact I didn’t eat nothing at all except for just that little bit of peanut butter and that was it
Follow all the other instructions. Most likely you will be okay. Good luck! Read https://bowelprepguide.com/how-to-hack-your-colonoscopy/
Can a powdered protein shake be consumed, without fruit, dyes or dairy in the 24 hrs prior to procedure?
Jello as a protein source isn’t much, for 24+ hours…..
If you can find a non-dairy, low fiber, seedless protein shake, that should be okay. Let us know how things turn out and Good luck!
Can I have Graham crackers two days before my colonoscopy
No. Not on a low fiber diet usually started 3 days before colonoscopy. Some people may get away with it.
Can I have egg drop soup during the clear liquid stage?
Most people will say no because they often contain vegetables and spices. Clear broth is recommended as a clear liquid diet. Some people may get away with it.
When I Picked up my Clenpiq, and Without Reading my Storing Instructions of it, I Placed it in the Refrigerator, 4 days before my Procedure, I was Re reading my Instructions of Care for it and found Out that its Not to be Refrigerated So I taken it from the Refrigerator and Placed it on my Dresser at Room Temperature, Can it Still be Used for my Colonoscopy and Upper Endoscopy Procedure?
You can still use it. Good luck!
Is eating avocado OK on low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy?
Yes; not more than 3 servings a day is recommended on low fiber diet.
Is it OK to have a Caesar salad with just lettuce three days before colonoscopy?
Most people recommend low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy. Some people still have clean colon even if they don’t do this. Follow the advice of your doctor. Good luck!
Am i allowed to have honey nut cheerios(cereal) three days before my colonoscopy??
Cheerios okay 3 days before colonoscopy. Oatmeal, Granola not okay.
Applesauce without chunks should be ok on the low fiber diet, shouldn’t it?
Are hot dogs and French fries or chips ok during the low fiber diet?
No. Hot dogs and fries are not okay on low fiber diet.
i afe strawberries probably 6 and had a cecar salad on saturday my colonoscopy is monday will this be a problem ?
Follow the remaining instructions. Especially clear liquid diet the day before colonoscopy and use your bowel cleansing agent in split-dose fashion (or same day for afternoon colonoscopy). Read https://bowelprepguide.com/how-to-use-your-bowel-cleansing-agents/. Good luck!
Hi just wondering about eggs On a clear liquid diet the day before ?
Also what about favour jello ?
This is day before & my app is 11:00 am
I’m diabetic on a liquid diet, my procedure is at 10:30am, the next day, what besides broth and jello can I eat?
tea or coffee without cream, Popsicle without cream or fruit, low sugar (G2) or zero sugar (G0) Gatorade.
Is it ok to eat hamburger during the low fiber diet leading up to a colonoscopy?
It depends. In general, you can have hamburger but you need to avoid whole wheat bread, bread with seeds, raw vegetables such as lettuce, onions, cucumber; pepper jack cheese and tough meat.
Can I have coffee with sugar up to the day before colonoscopy?Can I have chocolate pudding and chocolate Popsicles?
You can have coffee with sugar but no milk/cream the day before colonoscopy as a liquid diet. No chocolate pudding as clear liquid diet.
My procedure is on Mon
Can i have cups if tea with milk on tonite & sat b4 i srart the fluid medicine to clean me out on Sunday ????
Yes. You can have tea with milk 2-3 days before colonoscopy. You can have tea without milk 1 day (qualifies as clear liquid) before colonoscopy.
For the clear liquid diet part of the prep, is chicken STOCK as allowable as chicken broth or consomme or bouillon? I ask because STOCK is not listed as acceptable but the other three are. The stock is relatively “clear”. The stock I’m referring to is the stuff that is packaged in the boxes that are like kid’s juice boxes but much larger.
STOCK is clear liquid. Most people use STOCK to cook and make broth/soup.
If my procedure is Monday at 2:30PM, can I eat normally on Saturday? Also, if I’m diabetic, how do I avoid low blood sugar?
Instructions may differ. Most people are placed on low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy and clear liquid diet 1 day before colonoscopy. Read https://bowelprepguide.com/diabetes-and-colonoscopy/
Is chicken Bone broth ok ? It is higher in protein than plain broth ?
The one i have is 9 g or protein or serving ?
Chicken broth with just the broth is considered clear liquid diet.
Is it ok to eat non-dairy flavored yogurts (example: coconutmilk yougurt alternative with key lime, pineapple, etc) during the low fiber diet before the colonoscopy? Thank you.
You can have yogurts. Avoid those with berries, granola, pulp and seeds.
can i eat cheese pizza on a low fiber diet?
Can bone broth be consumed the day before a colonoscopy? Its a clear liquid but not sure if its protein content would cause issues.
I’m looking for dinner recipes for the 10 days prior to a colonoscopy I was wondering if a shrimp and zucchini stir fry would be considered low-fiber
yes as low fiber diet. Watch the servings and Good luck!
I ate a bran muffin (no raisins) Saturday afternoon. Procedure is Tuesday noon. Will the muffin interfere?
You should avoid bran (high fiber) 3 days before colonoscopy. You can still have a good bowel prep during your colonoscopy. Follow all the instructions. Read https://bowelprepguide.com/how-to-hack-your-colonoscopy/
Can I drink caffeine free diet pepsi the day before? My wife made homemade chicken noodle soup, can I have that broth?
Yes, you can have soda as clear liquid diet. Yes, you can have broth as clear liquid diet. Just the broth without the noodles and chicken. Good luck!
Does is matter what flavor (color) pop sicle the day before a colonoscopy?
Avoid red and purple if possible.
Hi it is Sunday at 1:40pm my colonoscopy is scheduled for 10:15 tomorrow, Monday. I had breakfast this morning and am to be on a clear liquid diet until procedure. My Dr had me drink a dose of otc magnesium citrate last night and will be doing a split prep starting today at 7pm with 2 dose 6 hrs before procedure. Is applesause ok to eat today being on a clear liquid diet? Also, I see it says popsicles are real fruit bars ok as long as they are not red or purple? TIA
applesauce is low fiber diet not clear liquid. Popsicles are clear liquid. Avoid red or purple. Okay to have coffee or tea without milk or cream. Good luck!
My colonoscopy is scheduled for Tuesday morning. May I have Pho with Chicken and noodles on the Saturday before the colonoscopy?
Most people are on low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy. It depends on what kind of Pho. Refined noodles okay; not whole grain noodles. Tender chicken okay. Good luck!
Can I have a filet burger a day before a colonoscopy
Not if you are on a clear liquid diet. Follow your doctor’s specific instruction.
Can I have red bullion consomme broth on a clear diet day before?? Is Pepsi ok??
Pepsi okay. Broth okay. Some doctors want you to avoid red because it may be mistaken for blood. Good luck!
Hi can i use spices on my skin free chicken such cajun, i am having my procedure on Thursday afternoon
My colonoscopy is tomorrow and I had 2 cups of coffee with creamer in it today. Do I need to cancel?
No. Follow the other instructions. Hopefully, you are doing the split-dose regimen. Good luck!
Are blue popscicles and blue jello okay to have on the clear liquid diet. My insturctions say no red, green or purple?
Please let me know if blue popsicles and blue jello are okay to take on the clear liquid diet. My instructions just state no red, green or purple)
Okay. Good luck!
My colonoscopy is wed. Can I have tuna noodle casserole two days before my colonoscopy?
Noodles and tuna are considered low fiber diet.
Can you tell me if Swanson Natural Goodness Chicken Broth is ok? It’s made with some veggies and chicken stock, as well as dehydrated chicken broth. It’s in the carton in the broth isle. It’s a cloudy liquid, not totally clear. My colonoscopy is tomorrow.
Just the broth should be okay. Coffee (without cream or milk) and soda are allowed as clear liquid even though they are not clear.
Is hot chocolate ok during colonocopy prep?
If you are on a clear liquid diet a day before colonoscopy, hot chocolate is not okay.
On Monday I am. Schedule for colonoscopy I am wondering if I can take some Tylenol the day of my prepping .
I’m diabetic. Can I drink Powerade or Gatorade the day before colonoscopy?
Yes. Get the low sugar ones like low sugar (G2) or zero sugar (G0) Gatorade.
Hi there, my colonoscopy is Friday am, today is Wednesday can I have fish and chip for lunch and egg sandwiches for dinner? I start my liquid diet tomorrow. Thank you.
It depends. In general you should be okay if you do the clear liquid diet the day before and use split dose regimen in taking your bowel cleansing agent.
Hello, my colonoscopy this coming Monday. Is it okay to eat fish with skin, brown rice and steam asparagus today?
It depends. Yes, because you are 4 days away from your colonoscopy. If you’re on a low fiber diet 3 days before your colonoscopy, fish and asparagus are okay. Brown rice is not okay on low fiber diet but white rice is okay. Good luck!
I’m doing the split prep. The day before can I eat plain mashed potatoes…baked potatoes..white bread toast? Can I have dairy free creamer in my coffee? This is my first colonoscopy and am feeling a little nervous. Thank you for your time.
It depends on the instruction you have been given. Some doctors recommend low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy and clear liquid diet 1 day before colonoscopy. Some studies have shown that some patients can actually have light meal the day before colonoscopy.
Potato without skin and white bread are low fiber diet. Coffee without cream or milk is considered a clear liquid.
I take Hydroxycut Ultra Lean! Do I have to stop taking it before my colonoscopy! Thank you!
Hydroxycut has been linked to certain adverse side effects. You don’t need to take non-essential supplements the day before or on the day of your colonoscopy. Talk to your doctor.
Thank you for this page!
Can I have soymilk the day before my procedure?
Also, can I have pretzels or dark chocolate 48 hours before? And finally, what about ginger candy chews (like Chimes or Gin-gins)?
The items listed -pretzels, ginger candy chews, chocolate, soy milk all qualify as low fiber diet. They can be eaten 2-3 days before your procedure. Some people can also have low fiber diet 1 day before the procedure. Follow the specific instruction of your doctor. Good luck!
Can I eat spaghetti with mushrooms a week before my procedure?
Yes. Follow the specific instructions of your doctor.
Can I eat eggs the morning before
Eggs are considered low fiber diet. Depending on your specific instruction, you may or may not. No, If you’re placed on a clear liquid diet a day before your colonoscopy. Most people are on clear liquid diet a day before colonoscopy. Some people may have light or low fiber diet the morning before the colonoscopy.
This is Friday, I have my colonoscopy next Wednesday. I take a muscle relaxer at bedtime. Can I still take this the night before my procedure? Since I will be in liquids only?
Also, can I have green jello?
Yes. Good luck!
Inadvertently I added several teaspoons of almond milk to my coffee on my clear liquid diet day! Is this okay?
Follow all other instructions. Hopefully, you are doing the split dose regimen. Good luck!
My procedure is Friday, how should I revise my diet until my clear liquid day?
It depends on your clinical profile as well as your doctor’s preference. Most people are placed on low fiber diet 3 days before colonoscopy and clear liquid diet a day before colonoscopy. Good luck!
I make my own chicken bone broth. Chicken wings,feet,leeks ,carrot ,celery. After cooking I strain all the solids out of the stock. I still don’t understand if this is considered a clear broth suitable for clear liquid diet needed prior to a colonoscopy.
Just the broth is clear liquid.
My colonoscopy is at 1 PM Monday. The ‘low fiber died for 3 days’ begins (or began) when? Three full days before Monday or is Monday included as the 3rd day?.
3 full days before.
As always, talk to your doctor. Good luck!
Today is Monday. I usually eat fruit and oatmeal for breakfast. What can I eat instead? My procedure is on Thursday @ 10 am.
Is canned salmon considered ok as part of a 3 day low fiber diet? I am going shopping tomorrow. Thinking skinless chicken (baked), plain rice, salmon, skinless potato?
i ate oatmeal and 1/2 a bagel 24 hours before my colonoscopy I have been on a clear diet ever since. Should i reschedule?
No need to re-schedule. I hope you are doing the split-dose bowel prep regimen. Follow the specific instruction of your doctor. Good luck!
Is Diet Pepsi considered clear liquid? I was wondering because it is dark color.
Yes. it is considered clear liquid diet.
It is Thursday, and my colonoscopy is scheduled for Monday. I literally had 6 skittles out of my daughter’s bag not thinking. Will I need to reschedule the colonoscopy due to the colors?
You do not have to reschedule. Follow all the other instructions. Hopefully you’re doing the split dose regimen. Good luck!
My colonoscopy is Wednesday morning and it is Sunday afternoon. Can I have pizza Sunday night?
It depends. In general, you may. Follow the specific advice of your doctor. Good luck!
Can u eat chocolate popsicles during your prep.
Chocolate popsicles contain dairy (milk) so it is not a clear liquid diet. So if you’re on a clear liquid diet, you may not have it. As always, talk to your doctor.
Today is Monday and my colonoscopy is scheduled for Friday pm – liquid diet the day before. Is it ok to eat a small amount of chocolate up to Wednesday night and which s better – milk or plain?
Both are okay if no nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, whole grains or bran. Talk to your doctor. Good luck!
I am on a gluten free diet. I usually eat corn based pasta and corn based pretzels.
Are these considered low fiber?
Even though Corn itself is not considered a low fiber diet, pretzels and pasta from non-wheat materials usually pass. As always, talk to your doctor.
I’m vegan and have just been told not to eat fruit or veg 2 days before the colonoscopy. In fact, pretty much my entire diet is on the ‘not allowed’ list! Any suggestions of what I could eat?
Am I allowed to add black pepper to the white rice at least?
check out vegan recipes for colonoscopy at https://www.pureandsimplevegan.com/prepping-the-vegan-way/
Talk to your doctor.
What if you didn’t follow the three day diet? Can u still do it. I don’t recall them telling me o
can I have honey with hot tea the day before the procedure?