A clear liquid diet requires you to consume only clear liquids that are easily digested and don’t leave residue in your digestive tract
A clear liquid diet requires you to consume only clear liquids that are easily digested and don’t leave residue in your digestive tract.
What to eat
- Fruit or vegetable juice (without added sugar or milk)
- Coffee and tea (without milk)
- Sports drinks
- Carbonated drinks
What to avoid
- Fruit pulp
- Anything solid or semi-solid
Why you may need a clear liquid diet
The main purpose of a clear liquid diet is to let your digestive tract rest and give it time to clean itself out.
Your doctor may put you on a clear liquid diet before imaging procedures such as colonoscopy and endoscopy where a clean picture of the colon is an absolute necessity for diagnosis. Doctors also recommend clear liquid diets before and after gastrointestinal surgeries to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Although some people use this diet for weight loss, it should never be followed for long because it cannot fulfil your calorie and nutritional needs and can have long-term consequences on your health.