Some Solid Foods May Boost Colonoscopy Prep: ‘Low-residue’ diet yields better bowel preparation and higher patient satisfaction

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Abstract

There’s good news for your patients who dread the clear-liquid diet before a colonoscopy. A new study finds that patients who ate certain solid foods, considered “low residue,” were better prepared for their colonoscopies than individuals who followed the conventional liquid diet. Also, researchers saw that these patients who ate foods such as eggs, white bread, cheese, white rice, and chicken breast the day before their screening were more comfortable during the 24 hours leading up to the test than individuals who could have only apple juice, chicken broth, coffee, and similar clear liquids.

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