Fiber is an important part of your diet, derived primarily from grains, fruits and vegetables. With certain temporary or chronic digestive conditions, however, your doctor may advise you to follow a low-fiber diet. By reducing the amount of fiber in your diet, you limit the amount of undigested material in your intestines, which typically decreases the amount of stool produced. A low-fiber diet necessitates limiting your consumption of roughage and increasing your intake of non-fiber or low-fiber foods.
Fish and Seafood
Fish and seafood, including tuna, salmon, swordfish, haddock, flounder, sole, halibut, perch, crab, shrimp, clams and oysters, contain no dietary fiber, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. These foods provide you with a concentrated source of dietary protein, potassium and other minerals and vitamins.
Red meats, including beef, veal, pork and lamb, add no roughage to your diet, reports the USDA National Nutrient Database. Many luncheon and deli meats, frankfurters and sausages also contain no dietary fiber. Check the nutritional information to be sure processed meats do not contain added fiber. Red meats provide you with whole protein, vitamin E, B complex vitamins, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc. Choose lean cuts of red meat to reduce the amount of saturated fats and cholesterol consumed with these foods.
Poultry and Eggs
Poultry, including chicken, turkey and duck, contains no dietary fiber. Eggs also contain no dietary fiber. Poultry and eggs are a rich source of dietary protein, potassium and B complex vitamins in your diet. Not consuming the poultry skin significantly reduces the amount of fat per serving.
Milk and Milk Products
Milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, cream cheese, ice cream and frozen yogurt typically contain no dietary fiber, according to the USDA. Be aware that products such as yogurt or ice cream with fruit pieces contain variable amounts of dietary fiber. Milk and milk products provide you with whole protein, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Fortified milk also contains vitamins A and D. Whole-milk products also contain high concentrations of fat. To limit the amount of fat and cholesterol in your diet, consider nonfat or low-fat milk products.
Broth and Gelatin
Clear broth and broth with meat but no vegetables contain no dietary fiber. Clear gelatin desserts also contain no dietary fiber. The high water content of these foods can help you keep up with your fluid intake, especially if your medical condition causes diarrhea.
Clear beverages, including water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, cranberry juice cocktail and certain brands of fruit drinks typically contain no dietary fiber, notes the USDA. Fruit and vegetable juices, however, contain variable amounts of fiber. Talk with your doctor about whether fruit and vegetable juices are permitted on your low-fiber diet.