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Foods That Help Diverticulosis

Updated on August 20, 2012

What is Diverticulosis?

It is a condition that occurs when weak spots form into pockets in the walls of your large intestines and/or colon. This condition is caused by high pressure in the colon. Unfortunately no one is absolutely sure what really causes diverticulosis, although doctors are now beginning to believe that it is caused by having a diet low in fiber.

Because there are little or no symptoms many people have no idea they have it. The symptoms may include abdominal cramps, bloating or constipation. Many doctors recommend that you eat 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day to help prevent complications such as diverticulitis. Unfortunately your chance of developing this disease increases after the age of 40.

When starting any new eating habits it is always best to ease into the diet. Adding too much fiber to your diet all at once could make you gassy, bloated and uncomfortable. Make sure you add a little fiber at a time.

Turkey Ragu

5 stars from 1 rating of Turkey Ragu with Spaghetti

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves 6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 12 oz whole grain spaghetti


  1. Heat olive oil in large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic and bell pepper and cook until onion become transparent, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and Italian Seasoning. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Begin cooking spaghetti bout 15 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve sauce over cooked pasta and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 437
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 66 g22%
Fiber 13 g52%
Protein 32 g64%
Cholesterol 31 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Foods to eat when you have Diverticulosis
Foods to eat when you have Diverticulosis | Source

High Fiber Food to Include in Your Diet

  • whole grain pasta
  • whole grain cereal
  • oatmeal
  • brown rice
  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • green beans
  • asparagus
  • green pepper
  • onion
  • squash
  • lentils
  • snap beans
  • pole beans
  • kidney beans
  • black beans
  • navy beans
  • lima beans
  • pinto beans
  • split peas
  • cauliflower
  • potatoes
  • squash
  • peas
  • spinach
  • sweet potato
  • turnip greens
  • broccoli
  • apples
  • pears
  • bananas
  • figs
  • oranges
  • pineapple
  • raspberries
  • stewed prunes
  • peaches
  • tangerines
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese

Avoid these when you hae Diverticulosis
Avoid these when you hae Diverticulosis | Source

Foods to Avoid

  • strawberries
  • raw vegetables
  • cucumbers
  • corn
  • nuts
  • blackberries
  • seeds
  • iceburg lettuce
  • fried foods
  • popcorn
  • red meat
  • white bread
  • chili peppers
  • coconut
  • alcohol

How much fiber do you eat daily?

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The Institute of Medicine Says I need to Eat How Much Fiber?

  • Chilren - Up to 16 years old - 10 grams + 1 gram per year of life
  • Women - 1-50 years - 30 grams
  • Women - 50+ years - 21 grams
  • Men - 16-50 years - 38 grams
  • Men - 50+ years - 30 grams


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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Vellur, I'm glad you liked it. I did this article with the hope of helping someone.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Never knew about this, thanks for sharing this. Great information. Voted up.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, diverticulosis is not something to play with it rapidly can turn into diverticulitis. Now that a painful disease. Thanks for the vote.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Congrats on doing your homework so well on diverticulosis, KKG. This is very important and useful information for every reader. Voted up.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      connieow, you're right. Many don't know until it develops into diverticulitis. It seems to me4 that if you include an abundance of fruits and vegetable in your diet it should help protect against many diseases.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Randall Clark, it can't hurt to try it. I'm glad you found the article useful.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      quildon, no matter how hard we try we just can't avoid some diseases. Raw fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Many times diverticulosis is caused by straining w3hen going to the bathroom. If this is the case an over-the-counter laxative is usually advised. Ask your doctor to recommend one.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      RedElf, I use ground turkey in any recipe that calls for ground beef. Unfortunately it is very common.

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      Connie S Owens 5 years ago from El Cajon, CA

      This is great information. Thank you. It seems that anyone could have this problem without knowing it until it becomes a serious issue. That is a bit worrisome. I suppose though if you keep your diet balanced it should not be an issue.

      Again, thank you for writing. It helped clarify a couple of things. And Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Randal Clark 5 years ago

      A friend of mine is getting stomach cramping and bloating. I will for sure be sending her this article! Well done!

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      Angela Joseph 5 years ago from Florida

      After my colonoscopy my doctor said he saw some diverticulosis, but he didn't tell me what I should do. I was surprised since I do eat a high-fiber diet. And aren't raw vegetables high in fiber?

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Great recipe. I love turkey! I had no idea that diverticulitis was so common. Yikes!