Clear Liquid Diet

  • Clear liquid diets are frequently used before or after a test, procedure, or surgery.

  • Patients with severe nausea or vomiting may also be on this diet.

  • This diet keeps your digestive system almost empty to prevent vomiting.

  • High-protein, high-calorie clear liquid supplements may be ordered by your dietitian or physician.

Foods Allowed on a Clear Liquid Diet



  • Clear tea or coffee (no cream or milk)

  • Cranberry apple, apple, grape, or cranberry juices

  • Fruit-flavored drinks

  • Carbonated beverages

  • Commercial high-protein, high-calorie

  • Supplements


  • Plain gelatin

  • Water ices

  • Popsicles


  • Fat-free bouillon (chicken or beef)

  • Fat free broth


  • Salt

  • Sugar, syrup, jelly, honey

  • Plain hard sugar candy in small amounts

No other foods are allowed on this diet.

Revised 5/17/13

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