Diet To Prevent Diverticulitis

August 22, 2015


If you happen to have a diverticular disease, a painful inflammation of diverticula in form of small bulges forming along the digestive tract, you are in the right place. Although nothing can be 100% successful at keeping inflammation from occurring, nutritionists say that eating a high-fiber diet may help.

But first things first. One needs to know how much fiber is recommended and which types of fiber are out there.

According to the doctors, the recommended dose of dietary fiber is 20 to 35 grams on a daily basis, and when it comes to the types, there are two kinds of fiber found naturally in the foods you eat: Soluble fiber and Insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water more easily and forms a gel-like material that makes your stool softer and larger.

This allows them to pass easily through the intestine. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, adds bulk to your stool which also helps move waste through your digestive system. So, you guessed it, you need both for your balanced fiber diet.

While most plant-based foods contain both kinds, some foods contain more of one type than the other, so you need to ensure you’re getting enough of each.

Here’s the list of foods that are high in fiber:

  • Cereals (shredded wheat and corn bran)
  • Grains (bran flakes, whole wheat pasta, pearled barley, oatmeal…)
  • Baked goods (whole wheat bread mostly)
  • Legumes
  • Vegetables (artichokes, peas, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots…)
  • Fruit (raspberries, blackberries, avocados, pears, apples)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts and seeds

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