Eating White Rice and Pizza with a New Ileostomy?

Doreen 21
May 21, 2023 8:55 am

Hi all, I have a relatively new ileostomy and am slowly reintroducing food back into my diet. Am I ok to eat white boiled rice? How about pizza? Thanks all.

May 21, 2023 11:03 am

Keeping in mind we are all different - I too have an ileostomy (almost 3 years) and have eaten all types of food, nuts, etc. with no issues - the only advice I can give would be to eat slowly and chew-chew-chew.

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May 21, 2023 12:06 pm

Rice and pizza?  Two of the staples of my diet.  No problem. See 'Ostomy Memories of Rice' under Collections, Memories by HenryM.  

May 21, 2023 1:50 pm

Just watch your pizza toppings like mushrooms. But pizza itself falls under soft foods so it was one I was able to introduce fairly quickly. I think others have answered about white rice being ileostomy friendly.

May 21, 2023 3:08 pm

Hi Doreen, both are good, just don't eat a ton of rice in one sitting. Foods like rice and quinoa can form a paste and block up your stoma.

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May 21, 2023 8:13 pm

I eat both rice and pizza with no problems, that is brown rice and whole wheat crust pizza. Yeah, it's the toppings you might want to consider as some have problems with things like mushrooms. I eat anything and as long as I keep hydrated and chew like crazy, I'm fine. Everyone is different and the only way to find out is to experiment yourself, starting with small amounts. Good luck.


May 22, 2023 1:05 am

I love to eat everything. Rice and vegetables slow down the digestive process considerably and firm up the output for me.

May 22, 2023 2:30 am

I eat a lot of boiled rice and have no problems whatsoever

May 22, 2023 4:54 am
Reply to Justbreathe

Yes. We all tolerate things differently. Yes, chew, chew, chew.

Regarding rice and this advice is from They are finding unusually high levels of arsenic in rice. So less is better. I'm a Registered Dietitian and try to keep up on these facts. You will find the above website to be very informative.

May 22, 2023 11:11 am
Reply to CrappyColon

I think you have mentioned mushrooms in previous posts - why not mushrooms? I am not a fan but I have eaten them with no issues...just curious...thanks jb

May 22, 2023 12:01 pm

I think you'll find mushrooms are on the usual default caution list when leaving the hospital along with corn, rhubarb, celery etc. Somewhere along the line, some have had some sort of difficulty with some of these, luckily, donuts aren't on that list ....

May 22, 2023 3:13 pm

My husband eats both. Cheese on pizza sometimes does cause him some gas in the bag, but otherwise no problems.

May 22, 2023 6:42 pm

Pizza has worked out fine for me, but rice tends to come out looking just like it went in. (Strangely enough so do marshmallows, which are supposed to be good for ostomies.)


May 22, 2023 9:16 pm
Reply to Axl

I think a lot of people get blockages from mushrooms.

May 23, 2023 6:35 am


I have had all the foods you've mentioned without a problem. I'm an ileostomy patient myself, only a small intestine. Of course, some foods travel through mighty quickly. I'm a whopping 230 lbs. Lol. Take care, stay strong. Big Flexin Big Energy.