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Food NameProteinCarbFatFiber 
Milk, human1740
Milk3520
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole3530
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole, low-sodium3430
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, whole3530
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, 1% fat3510
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat3500
Milk, cow's, fluid, other than whole ("lowfat")3510
Milk, cow's, fluid, 2% fat3520
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 1% fat3510
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 2% fat3520
Milk, cow's, fluid, 1% fat3510
Milk, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat, 0.5% or less butterfat3500
Milk, cow's, fluid, filled with vegetable oil3530
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What is Diverticulitis?

information and guidelines from the National Institutes of Health

Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become inflamed or infected. Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine (colon).

What causes Diverticulitis?

No one knows exactly what causes the sacs, or pouches of diverticulosis to form. Eating a low-fiber diet is one of the most likely causes.

People who eat mostly processed food, as many Americans eat, do not get enough fiber in their diet. Processed foods include white rice, white bread, most breakfast cereals, crackers, and pretzels.

As a result, constipation and hard stools are more likely to occur - causing people to strain when passing stools. This increases the pressure in the colon or intestines and may cause these pouches to form.

Diverticulosis is very common. It is found in more than half of Americans over age 60. Only a small number of these people will develop diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is caused by small pieces of stool (feces) that become trapped in these pouches, causing infection or inflammation.


Treatment and Diet for Diverticulitis

The treatment of diverticulitis depends on the severity of your symptoms. Some people may need to be in the hospital, but usually you can treat this problem at home.

To help with the pain, your doctor may suggest that you:

  • Rest in bed and possibly use a heating pad on your belly
  • Take pain medicines (ask your doctor which ones you should use).
  • Drink only fluids for a day or two, and then slowly begin drinking thicker liquids and then eating foods.
  • The doctor may treat you with antibiotics.

Once these pouches have formed, you will have them for life. If you make a few simple changes in your lifestyle, you may not have diverticulitis again.

After you are better, your doctor will suggest that you add more fiber to your diet and avoid certain foods. Eating more fiber can help prevent future attacks. If you have bloating or gas, reduce the amount of fiber you eat for a few days. Some foods can make your symptoms worse:

  • AVOID beans and peas, coarse grains, coconut, corn or popcorn, dried fruits, skins on vegetables and fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, pickles, and cucumbers.
  • Ask your doctor about eating nuts or seeds.
  • Do not drink too much coffee, tea, or alcohol. They can make constipation worse.

How to use our food database to select foods for the diverticulitis diet

This food database provides the fat, carbohydrate and protein contents, as well as those of fiber of approximately 7,000 food items. A food's mineral and vitamin contents are displayed in charts to allow easy evaluation of its nutrition. You can use these vitamin and mineral charts to choose the most nutrient-dense foods and avoid foods with empty calories.
In addition, the calorie pie chart shows the contribution of fat, carb and protein to the food's total calorie. If you wish to choose low-fiber foods, you can sort foods by their fiber contents. Click on the Fiber column header to reverse the current sort order.

Usage Note

  • Fiber, fat, carbohydrate and protein values in table are in grams and calculated per 100g of food.
  • Click on column header to sort foods by name or by fiber, fat, carbohydrate or protein content.
  • Pie chart shows relative contributions to total calories from carbohydrate, protein and fat (and alcohol, if exists).
  • The mineral and vitamin charts show the relative contents of minerals and vitamins of each food. The higher the bubble, the higher mineral or vitamin content a food has relative to other foods. The larger the bubble, the greater the mineral or vitamin content relative to the Recommended Daily Allowances.

Legumes Highest in Fiber

List of top 100 legumes and legume products high in fiber. Fiber in grams is per 100 grams of food weight.



High-Fiber Legumes and Legume Products Fiber

Carob flour 39.8

Lentils, raw 30.5

Peas, split, mature seeds, raw 25.5

Beans, french, mature seeds, raw 25.2

Beans, yellow, mature seeds, raw 25.1

Broadbeans (fava beans), mature seeds, raw 25.0

Beans, kidney, all types, mature seeds, raw 24.9

Beans, kidney, california red, mature seeds, raw 24.9

Beans, kidney, royal red, mature seeds, raw 24.9

Beans, small white, mature seeds, raw 24.9

Beans, cranberry (roman), mature seeds, raw 24.7

Beans, navy, mature seeds, raw 24.4

Lima beans, thin seeded (baby), mature seeds, raw 20.6

Beans, great northern, mature seeds, raw 20.2

Lima beans, large, mature seeds, raw 19.0

Mungo beans, mature seeds, raw 18.3

Soybeans, mature seeds, roasted, no salt added 17.7

Soybeans, mature seeds, roasted, salted 17.7

Meat extender 17.5

Soy flour, defatted 17.5

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, raw 17.4

Mung beans, mature seeds, raw 16.3

Soy flour, defatted, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 16.0

Soy flour, low-fat 16.0

Peanut flour, defatted 15.8

Peanut flour, low fat 15.8

Beans, black turtle soup, mature seeds, raw 15.5

Beans, black, mature seeds, raw 15.5

Beans, pinto, mature seeds, raw 15.5


High-Fiber Legumes and Legume Products Fiber

Beans, white, mature seeds, raw 15.2

Beans, kidney, red, mature seeds, raw 15.2

Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw 15.0

Beans, adzuki, mature seeds, raw 12.7

Beans, pink, mature seeds, raw 12.7

Yardlong beans, mature seeds, raw 11.0

Chickpea flour (besan) 10.8

Lentils, pink, raw 10.8

Cowpeas, catjang, mature seeds, raw 10.7

Cowpeas, common (blackeyes, crowder, southern), mature seeds, raw 10.6

Beans, navy, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 10.5

Beans, navy, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 10.5

Beans, small white, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 10.4

Beans, yellow, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 10.4

Beans, yellow, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 10.4

Beans, small white, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 10.4

Soy flour, low-fat, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 10.2

Beans, cranberry (roman), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 10.0

Beans, cranberry (roman), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 10.0

Soy flour, full-fat, roasted 9.7

Soy flour, full-fat, raw 9.6

Soy flour, full-fat, raw, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 9.6

Peanuts, spanish, raw 9.5

Beans, french, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 9.4

Beans, french, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 9.4

Peanuts, all types, oil-roasted, with salt 9.4

Soybeans, mature seeds, raw 9.3

Beans, kidney, california red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 9.3

Beans, kidney, royal red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled with salt 9.3

Beans, kidney, california red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 9.3

Beans, kidney, royal red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 9.3


High-Fiber Legumes and Legume Products Fiber

Beans, pinto, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 9.0

Beans, pinto, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 9.0

Peanuts, virginia, oil-roasted, without salt 8.9

Peanuts, spanish, oil-roasted, without salt 8.9

Peanuts, valencia, oil-roasted, with salt 8.9

Peanuts, spanish, oil-roasted, with salt 8.9

Peanuts, virginia, oil-roasted, with salt 8.9

Peanuts, valencia, oil-roasted, without salt 8.9

Peanuts, all types, cooked, boiled, with salt 8.8

Beans, black, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 8.7

Peanuts, valencia, raw 8.7

Beans, black, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 8.7

Peanuts, virginia, raw 8.5

Peanuts, all types, raw 8.5

Beans, black turtle soup, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 8.3

GARDENBURGER, Gourmet Tuscany Steak 8.3

Peas, split, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 8.3

Peas, split, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 8.3

Beans, black turtle soup, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 8.3

Soybeans, mature seeds, dry roasted 8.1

Peanuts, all types, dry-roasted, with salt 8.0

Peanuts, all types, dry-roasted, without salt 8.0

Peanut butter, chunk style, with salt 8.0

Peanut butter, chunk style, without salt 8.0

Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 7.9

Lentils, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 7.9

Peanut spread, reduced sugar 7.8

MORNINGSTAR FARMS California Turk'y Burger, frozen, unprepared 7.8

Lima beans, thin seeded (baby), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 7.7

Lima beans, thin seeded (baby), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 7.7

Mung beans, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 7.6


High-Fiber Legumes and Legume Products Fiber

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 7.6

Mung beans, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 7.6

GARDENBURGER, Gourmet Fire Dragon Steak 7.6

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 7.6

Beans, kidney, red, mature seeds, canned, drained soilds, rinsed in tap water 7.5

Beans, kidney, red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 7.4

Beans, kidney, red, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, with salt 7.4

Beans, adzuki, mature seed, cooked, boiled, with salt 7.3

Beans, adzuki, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt 7.3

GARDENBURGER, Veggie Medley Burger 7.3

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