November 19, 2023

What Soups Can I Eat With Diverticulitis?

Having diverticulitis isn’t pleasant. It’s a condition caused by inflammation of the pouches in the colon that causes abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. If you have diverticulitis, it’s important to eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that can cause flare-ups. That includes eating plenty of fiber-rich soups.

For decades, doctors recommended people with diverticulitis avoid foods like beans, popcorn, and tomatoes. However, research has now shown that these foods don’t cause or increase the likelihood of a diverticulitis flare-up. So you can safely eat bean soup if you have diverticulitis, provided that it doesn’t include any large chunks of tomatoes or nuts.

It’s best to stick with clear liquids and low-fiber food during a diverticulitis episode, but when you feel well enough to return to a regular diet, your doctor will recommend gradually adding high-fiber foods back into your meal plans. This includes a variety of broth-based soups, pureed vegetables, and cooked fruit. You can also add a little dietary fiber to your meals by adding foods like psyllium – which is available in granules and supplements such as Metamucil and Konsyl.

Chicken noodle soup is a great example of a soup that can be enjoyed by those with diverticulitis. The broth-based soup is easy on the digestive system and provides protein, carbohydrates, and vitamin B12. The addition of noodles will help to provide some dietary fiber. However, it’s a good idea to avoid any soups that contain large pieces of chicken as they may irritate the digestive tract.

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