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Clear Liquid Diet: What You Can Eat and Drink While On a Clear Liquid Diet


Updated May 20, 2014

What is a clear liquid diet?:

A clear liquid diet is a diet that consists of food and drinks that are clear, meaning you can see through them. In this type of diet, you aren't limited to colorless food and drink; you are limited to food and drink that are clear. Example: apple juice has color , yet is still clear.

Why would a doctor recommend this diet?:

The clear liquid diet is not intended for long term use. It is used to preapre for certain medical tests, more commonly bloodwork. It is very helpful when a patient is expereince nausea and has trouble keeping things down. Also used before and after surgery.

What is included in the clear liquid diet?:

You can consume clear juices, ices, hard candy, and gelatin. See examples below.

Examples of clear juices and beverages.:

Apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice are okay but without the pulp. Fruit punch is okay but you may want to dilute it with water. Strained lemonade and limeade,


Coffee, tea (hot or cold), Kool-Aid, clear sodas, and water are all acceptable.


Bouillon, broths, fat free consommé, and strained vegetable broth are all good choices for the clear liquid diet.


Fruit ices without milk, fruit ices without fruit pieces, plain gelatin dessert, popsicles, are okay.

Other Foods and Drinks:

jelly (without seeds), honey are also acceptable.
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