Clear Liquid Diet

A clear liquid diet is commonly prescribed in preparation for a gastrointestinal procedure or surgery, especially involving the colon. Below is a list of foods considered appropriate for a clear liquid diet. Please be aware that your doctor may also limit certain food colorings and dyes (such as no red liquids for a colonoscopy).

Foods to include:

  • Clear broth or strained soup
  • Gelatin desserts (Jello)
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Fruits juices, but not fruit purees
  • Fruit drinks, including lemonade and limeade
  • Coffee and tea (with sugar only, not cream)
  • Popsicles
  • Hard candy
  • High calorie fruit drinks, but not meal replacements
  • No milk, cream or other dairy products.

A general rule of thumb: clear liquids are transparent when held up to the light

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