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Clear Liquid Diet: Frequently Asked Questions

This Clear Liquid Diet FAQ is a listing of the most frequently asked questions about Clear Liquid Diet. A great place to start getting answers to all your basic Clear Liquid Diet questions.

What is a clear liquid diet?

Any questions regarding a clear liquid diet should be referred to the clear liquid diet instructions .
This is a diet for people with vomiting and diarrhea. It includes: • Clear soda (ginger ale, sprite, club soda, 7-up, mineral water) NOT Coke or Pepsi (colored) • Gatorade • Clear chicken or vegetable broth • Jello • Water • NO dairy or yogurt • NO solid food • NO milk Drink at least one 8-oz glass per hour. If you continue to vomit, call the doctor. Room temperature is preferable (NOT COLD).
Any liquid you can see through is considered clear, including: tea coffee (hot/iced, flavored or herbal) juices, such as cranberry, apple and white grape soft drinks Gatorade Kool-Aid Soups: bouillon or broth chicken, beef and/or vegetable Gelatin without fruit Popsicles or Italian ices No milk or cream substitutes are permitted. No prune, grapefruit, orange, lemonade, tomato or pineapple juice, which all contain pulp and are cloudy.
Liquids that you can see through such as apple juice, sprite, water and chicken broth. Avoid red or purple liquids, as these can look like blood during the exam.

What is acceptable on a clear liquid diet?

A clear liquid generally refers to any liquid you can see through. This includes juices with no pulp, hard candy, broths, and gelatin. *Please click here to see more examples of acceptable clear liquids* You cannot have any solid food all day the day before or the day of your exam. Once the exam is completed you can return to a normal diet. Question #9:
A clear liquid generally refers to any liquid you can see through. This includes juices with no pulp, hard candy, broths, and gelatin. *Please click here to see more examples of acceptable clear liquids* You cannot have any solid food all day the day before or the day of your exam. Once the exam is completed you can return to a normal diet. #7:

What constitutes a clear liquid diet?

Beverages Soft drinks (orange, ginger ale, cola, sprite, 7 up, etc., Gatorade and koolaid Strained fruit juices without pulps (apples, white grapes, oranges, lemonade, etc) Water, tea, coffee, no milk or nondairy creamer Soups Fat free low sodium chicken or beef bouillon/broth Desserts Hard candies, jello (lemon, lime, orange, no fruit or toppings and no red jello) Popsicles, Italian Ice, no sherbets or fruit

May I drink alcohol on my clear liquid diet?

Please do not consume any alcoholic beverages while on the clear liquid diet before your procedure.

Why do I need to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day prior to my colonoscopy?

The physician needs your colon to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your test, your bowel is still processing the food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the doctor's view, resulting in a possible repeat of the prep and the test.
The physician needs your colon to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your procedure, your bowel is still processing the food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the physician’s view, resulting in a possible repeat of the prep and the test.

While on the clear liquid diet, can I have coffee?

Yes, black with out dairy products

Q) Why do I need to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day prior to my colonoscopy?

A) Your colon needs to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your test, your bowel is still processing th e food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the doctor’s v iew, resulting in a possible repeat o f the prep and the test.
A) Your colon needs to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your test, your bowel is still processing the food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the doctor’s view, resulting in a poor view of the colon, and possibly a repeat of the prep and the test.
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