Finally…. a diet that includes carbs!

Prior to having a colonoscopy, it is important that the bowel is clean so that the endoscopist can have a clear view of the colon. There are a number of different bowel preparations available for patients, and it is important that they are taken as instructed to ensure the bowel is well prepared for examination.


Dr Joshua Butt was the lead author in the Australian study that compared the White Diet to a clear fluid diet, as part of the bowel preparation for colonoscopy. The study found that not only did patients prefer the White Diet, but it also did not compromise the cleanliness of bowel preparation.


The study involved 226 patients who showed a preference for the White Diet as part of their bowel preparation for a number of reasons. Firstly it was easier to follow and understand, and patients also felt that they had less hunger and interference with their daily activities.


There was no difference in polyp detection rates or other procedure-related outcomes between the White Diet and clear diet groups.


Part of the rationale behind the White Diet was that many white or cream coloured foods are low in fibre, and using colour as a dietary index proved to be a simple and effective strategy. Those following the White diet can consume low-residue white coloured foods such as yoghurt, white bread, cheese, pasta, rice, eggs, fish, chicken, ice cream & white chocolate in the lead up to their colonoscopy. Some high residue white coloured foods were excluded from the diet such as pear, parsnip, onion, mushroom, coconut and tofu.


At GastroNorth, we have recommended the White Diet for some time now with excellent results – clean bowels and happy patients.


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