The goal of the low-residue diet is to give the bowels a rest. It is recommended for people with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Your doctor may order this diet before and after intestinal surgery. The low-residue diet is also useful for people who develop tumors in the intestines. This is not a diet you partake in year-round; it is meant only as a temporary rest for the digestive system.
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