High Fiber Diet

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Indications:  In treatment of diverticulosis, colonic polyps, high cholesterol, and irritable bowel syndrome


Goal:   20-35gm fiber/day


Recommended Foods:

           Bran cereals (All-Bran, 100% Bran, Raisin Bran) (1 cup=8-24g fiber)

Oatmeal (3/4 cup=1.6g fiber)

Whole wheat bread (1 slice=1.4g fiber)

Lowfat bran muffins (2.5g fiber/ea)

Dried or stewed fruits (prunes, raisins, apricots) (1/4 cup=2-3g fiber)

Root vegetables (carrots, turnips, potatoes) (1/2 cup=2g fiber)

Raw or fresh vegetables (cabbage, peas, corn, broccoli, brussel sprouts, potatoes with the skin, spinach) (1/2 cup=2-3g fiber)

Lettuce has very little fiber (1 cup=0.9g fiber)

Fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, pears, berries) (2-4 g/ea)

Beans (kidney, baked, navy, lentils) (1/2 cup = 4-9g fiber)


Foods to Avoid:

Fatty foods

Processed foods

For diverticulosis avoid nuts, popcorn, crunchy peanut butter, strawberries, whole tomatoes, rye, poppy and other large seeds


 Helpful Hints:

Drink plenty of liquids, at least 8 cups of water or fluid a day

Eat your meals at regular intervals

Eat slowly and chew your food well


High Fiber Sample Menu




Orange juice

Bran cereal with a banana

Nonfat milk

Whole wheat toast

Jelly, jam, or margarine



Vegetable soup

Lean hamburger with tomato and lettuce

Multi-grain bun

Baked beans


Oatmeal cookie

Soft drink



Spaghetti with tomato/meat or pesto-based sauce


Salad with lettuce, spinach, carrots, and bean sprouts

Salad dressing

French bread

Pear with skin



Low-fat bran muffin

Tea or coffee




Dr Scott Levenson and Dr Roger Kao may recommend special diets for your condition: