What Is the Best Diet for Diverticulosis?

Q:
What is the best diet for diverticulosis?

A:
If you have diverticulosis, your doctor may recommend eating more foods that are high in fiber.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans , 2015–2020, recommends a dietary fiber intake of 14 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. For example, for a 2,000-calorie diet, the fiber recommendation is 28 grams per day.

A doctor or dietitian can help you learn how to add more high-fiber foods to your diet.

In the past, doctors might have asked you to avoid nuts; popcorn; and seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, caraway, and sesame. Recent research suggests that these foods are not harmful to people with diverticulosis. The seeds in tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, and raspberries, as well as poppy seeds, are also fine to eat.

Even so, each person is different. You may find that certain types or amounts of foods worsen your symptoms.

Keyword: diet diverticulosis; food diverticulosis

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