Clear fluids not the only option before colonoscopy

A bowel preparation diet of “white foods” such as pasta, fish or bread may be easier for patients to manage than the traditional clear-fluid diet and just as effective, an Australian study shows.

The randomised, endoscopist-blinded trial of over 226 patients undergoing colonoscopy at the Alfred Hospital showed a marked patient preference for the “white diet”, particularly among those who had had a previous colonoscopy.