A clear liquid diet is used in certain medical situations, and should be followed when recommended by a physician. The diet helps to keep you hydrated (body fluids, salts and minerals) and helps to get the body used to food after long periods of time without food. The clear liquid diet is easy to digest and does not leave much residue in the stomach and intestines.
The clear liquid diet is a temporary diet that is used in several different settings:
|Choose these foods / beverages||Do not eat these foods / beverages|
|Fruits/juices||Clear fruit juices without pulp such as apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice||Nectars, canned, fresh or frozen fruits|
|Soups||Broth, bouillon, fat free consommé
|Beverages||Coffee, tea (hot or cold), Kool-Aid, soda, water, lactose-free supplements if recommended by your doctor
|Sweets and deserts||Fruit ices (without chunks of fruit), plain gelatin, clear hard candy, popsicle made from clear juices||All others|
|Milk and dairy products||None||All|
|Bread, cereals and grain products||None||All|
|Meat, chicken, fish, and meat substitutes (nuts, tofu, etc.)||None||All|
|Oils, butter, margarine||None||All|
Breakfast Hot tea with lemon juice and 1 tsp sugar (no pulp); Apple juice (8 oz); Gelatin (1 cup)
Lunch Hot tea with lemon (no pulp) and sugar; Grape juice (8 oz); Fruit Ice (1 cup); Consommé (8 oz.)
Snack Fruit juice (apple, cranberry or grape, 8 oz); Gelatin (1 cup)
Dinner Hot tea with lemon (no pulp) and sugar; Apple juice (8 oz); Consommé (8 oz); Fruit Ice (1 cup)
*This diet contains approximately 1000 calories, 1 gram fat and 14 grams of protein.
Credits for this dietary information go to Maureen Murtaugh, PhD.