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Fighting Diverticular Disease With Diet

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis & Daily Diet

Patients suffering from Diverticular disease are often recommended by their doctors to pair their prescribed medications with a diet high in fiber. Many times, a diet high in fiber may cancel out the need for medications and may be enough in itself to control the symptoms of diverticulosis.

Low Fiber Often Contributing Factor

The dominant theory surrounding diverticular disease blames the low-fiber diet as the culprit. It is interesting to note that in countries where low fiber diets are popular, diverticular disease is more prevalent.

These countries include the United States, England and Australia.

In countries where the general daily diet is rich in fiber, diverticular disease is rare - thus leading to the theory that fiber is key when it comes to preventing diverticular disease. Countries that support a diet high in fiber include: Africa and Asia. 

Dietary Fiber Current Daily Recommendation, Food List

The current daily recommendation for dietary fiber is 20 to 35 grams.

The following foods are great sources of fiber which can assist in fighting and preventing Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis. Below the fiber chart is a diet menu rich in fiber.

At one time, many health professionals had a theory that small seeds such as those found in tomatoes and strawberries contributed to diverticulitis but have since connected attacks with all foods and irritants that become lodged in the diverticula. When viewing the fiber chart below,keep in mind that fiber content varies according to name brand, preparation method and food varieties.

Dietary Fiber Food List

Food

Serving Size

Fiber Grams

100% Bran

1/2 Cup

8.4

Acorn Squash

1/2 Cup Baked

2.9

Apple With Skin

1 Medium

3

Artichoke Hearts

1/2 Cup, Boiled

4.4

Asparagus

4 spears, Cooked

1.2

Baby Lima Beans

1/2 Cup Cooked

6.6

Baked Beans

1/2 Cup, Cooked

10

Blackberries

1 Cup, Fresh

7.2

Boston Brown Bread

1 Slice

2.1

Bran Flakes - Cereal

3/4 Cup

5.3

Broccoli

1/2 Cup, Boiled

2.6

Brussel Sprouts

1/2 Cup, Boiled

3.4

Bulgar Wheat

1/2 Cup, Cooked

4.1

Cabbage

1/2 Cup, Cooked

1.5

Carrot

1 Average Raw

2.3

Cauliflower

1/2 Cup, Cooked

1.7

Chestnuts

1 Ounce, Hulled

3.7

Coconut

1 Ounce, Flaked

4.7

Corn on the Cob

1 Small Roasted Ear

2.9

Cowpeas

1/2 Cup Cooked

8.3

Dried Apples

10 Dried Rings

5.6

Dried Figs

3 Medium, Dried

10

Guava

1 Fresh

4.9

Kellogg's All-Bran Buds

1/3 Cup

13

Kidney Beans

1/2 Cup, Cooked

5.7

Kiwi Fruit

1 Medium

2.6

Food

Serving Size

Fiber Grams

Lima Beans

1/2 Cup, Cooked

6.6

Navy Beans

1/2 Cup, Cooked

4.9

Oatmeal

1 Cup

4

Orange

1 Medium

3.1

Peach, raw

1 Medium

1.5

Pearled Barley

1/2 Cup

12.3

Pears

5 Dried Halves

11.5

Pear, raw

1 medium

5.1

Pine Nuts

1 Ounce, Dried

4.1

Pistachio Nuts

1 Ounce, Hulled

3.1

Potato

1 Medium, Cooked

2.3

Prunes

1 Cup

11

Pumpkin Seeds

1 Ounce, Hulled

3.9

Raisins

1/2 Cup

3.9

Refried Beans

1/2 Cup, Canned

6.7

Rice, Brown

1 Cup, Cooked

3.5

Rice, White

1 Cup, Cooked

0.6

Romaine Lettuce

1 Cup

1.2

Spinach

1/2 Cup Boiled

2

Squash, Summer

1 Cup, Boiled

2.5

Squash, Winter

1 Cup, Boiled

5.7

Strawberries

1 Cup, Fresh

3.9

Sweet Potato

1 Small, Baked

3.4

Tangerine

1 medium

1.9

Tomato

1 medium, raw

1

Whole Wheat Bread

1 Slice

3

The Diverticulitis & Diverticulosis Diet Menu

The following diet menu is very high in fiber. It's important to add large volumes of fiber to your daily diet slowly so that the body can adjust as fiber naturally creates gas, bloating and gastro disturbances which can create even more painful issues for those suffering from diverticular disease.

The following diet menu is intended as an example and we encourage anyone with diverticular disease to meet with their health care professional for a personalized recommended daily diet. The diet contains about 51.8 grams of dietary fiber - which is extreme.

We achieved such to demonstrate that putting a large volume of fiber into the daily diet can be easily achieved. As a note, your doctor may choose to pair your daily high-fiberdiet with a fiber supplement which may be less likely to create gastric upset.

Breakfast Menu

1 serving of 100% bran flakes - 8.4 fiber grams
1/2 cup of skim or soy milk
5 prunes - 3.5 fiber grams

Mid-morning Snack: 10 dried apple rings - 5.6 fiber grams

Lunch Menu

Salad consisting of:

3 cups of romaine lettuce - 3.6 fiber grams
1 teaspoon of seedless raisins - .5 fiber grams
1 medium tomato - 1 fiber gram
1/4 cup of drained cowpeas (chick peas/garbanzo beans) - 4.2 fiber grams
3 ounces of lean meat
1 ounce of grated cheese
1 serving of light dressing
1 slice of whole wheat bread/roll - 3 fiber grams

Afternoon Snack: 1 tangerine - 1.9 fiber grams

Dinner Menu

1 roasted chicken breast
4 asparagus spears - 1.2 fiber grams
1/2 cup of pearled barley - 12.3 fiber grams
1 slice of whole wheat bread - 3 fiber grams

Evening Snack: 3 cups of air-popped popcorn - 3.6 fiber grams

Diverticulitis & Diverticulosis Facts

- Diverticulitis occurs in 10 to 25 percent of individuals with diverticulosis.

- Dietary fiber may reduce symptoms of diverticulosis & prevent diverticulitis by keeping the stool soft and 'on the move'.

- About 10% of individuals over age 40 have diverticulosis.

- About half of all individuals over age 60 have diverticulosis.

- Symptoms of diverticulosis may include: no symptoms, bloating, mild cramps, constipation and gas.

- Depending upon the severity, the symptoms of diverticulitis may include: abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness particularly in the left side of the lower abdomen, fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation, chills and cramping.

Diverticulitis & Diverticulosis Herbal Cures & Remedies

Can Cat's Claw heal diverticulitis? If so, no one would succumb to diverticulitis, now would they? Although herbal tinctures, concoctions and potions may be beneficial in some individuals in regards to specific health issues, they should not be taken lightly. In fact, they may cause more harm than good - particularly in the case of diverticulitis.

Because diverticular disease can present serious health risks, it's best to seek the advice of a qualified health professional over unproven methods.

 

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