Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ostomy Problems Diet

Dietary guidelines for intestinal ostomies include:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Chew your food slowly and completely.
  • Foods that are not completely digested may be seen in the ostomy bag: this is normal.
  • Depending on the ostomy location, certain foods may contribute to excess gas or loose stools.

Foods that may cause excessive gas include:
  • Alcohol
  • Apple juice
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Dried peas and beans
  • Egg plant
  • Fried foods
  • Green peppers
  • Lactose
  • Oat bran
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Prune juice
  • Pumpernickel
  • Raisins
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Sodas
  • Soluble fiber
  • Soy beans
  • Wheat

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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