Diverticulosis and IBS – what can I eat to reduce the symptoms?



“Hi. I have a bit of a problem when it comes to which foods I can choose from as I have both diverticulosis and IBS. I have quite difficult.”

Our Dietitian Answer:
It is important to eat high fiber if you have diverticulosis but it can also be important to avoid certain foods that may get stuck in your diverticula. So, how to think? You have intestinal pockets and IBS, which does not make things easier.

A good way to eat fiber-rich is to choose cooked vegetables and root vegetables that contain a lot of fiber that does not cause as much trouble to the intestines. Crispbread is a good source of fiber, but do avoid those varieties with too many seeds on, as both seeds and nuts can sometimes cause symptoms when you have diverticulosis.

And, when it comes to meal sizing, always try and consume appropriate portions and eat more often than skipping meals. It is very important that you chew carefully. When you know that you are having a hard time when it comes to adjusting the consistency of the food, you can solve this by mashing, pressing, pureeing, mixing and finely chopping your food.

Some foods can cause more problems than others such as asparagus, broccoli stalks, pineapples that are all a bit stringy. If you mix these food items instead, they can work really well together. Crab is also a stringy food and sometimes even shrimp can be stringy – be observant!

Legumes such as chickpeas, peas, beans and lentils may need to be restricted as they are generally difficult to digest. If you rinse them extra carefully and mix them, they can work very well in small amounts. Drink between meals to increase fluid intake.
These tips do not have to adversely affect your IBS symptoms. Everyone’s stomachs often feel good from regular consumption of small food portions (preferably every three hours) and from eating a little fiber on each occasion, rather than a lot of fiber on a few occasions.

If you need more information, maybe you can benefit from my previously published dietary advice for diverticulitis.

Read more about diverticulitis and diverticulosis or other gastrointestinal problems at allaboutibs.com