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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 are hemorrhoids?

information and diet guidelines from the National Institutes of Health

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus or in the lower rectum. The rectum is the last part of the large intestine leading to the anus. The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where bowel contents leave the body.

External hemorrhoids are located under the skin around the anus. Internal hemorrhoids develop in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids may protrude, or prolapse, through the anus. Most prolapsed hemorrhoids shrink back inside the rectum on their own. Severely prolapsed hemorrhoids may protrude permanently and require treatment.

What causes hemorrhoids?

Swelling in the anal or rectal veins causes hemorrhoids. Several factors may cause this swelling, including

  • chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • straining during bowel movements
  • sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • a lack of fiber in the diet

Another cause of hemorrhoids is the weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus that occurs with age.

Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids by increasing pressure in the abdomen, which may enlarge the veins in the lower rectum and anus. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after childbirth.


Can changes in diet help hemorrhoids?

Simple diet and lifestyle changes often reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids and relieve hemorrhoid symptoms. Eating a high-fiber diet can make stools softer and easier to pass, reducing the pressure on hemorrhoids caused by straining.

Fiber is a substance found in plants. The human body cannot digest fiber, but fiber helps improve digestion and prevent constipation. Good sources of dietary fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. On average, Americans eat about 15 grams of fiber each day. The American Dietetic Association recommends 25 grams of fiber per day for women and 38 grams of fiber per day for men.

Doctors may also suggest taking a bulk stool softener or a fiber supplement such as psyllium (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel).

Other changes that may help relieve hemorrhoid symptoms include

  • drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other nonalcoholic fluids each day
  • sitting in a tub of warm water for 10 minutes several times a day
  • exercising to prevent constipation
  • not straining during bowel movements

Over-the-counter creams and suppositories may temporarily relieve the pain and itching of hemorrhoids. These treatments should only be used for a short time because long-term use can damage the skin.

How to use our food database to select foods for hemorrhoids relief

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 high-fiber foods, you can sort foods by their fiber contents. Click on the Fiber column header to sort and click again 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.

Fruits and Vegetables for Hemorrhoids Diet

List of 100 fruits and vegetables highest in fiber content. Fiber is in grams per 100 grams of food weight.



High-Fiber Fruits and Vegetables Fiber

Fungi, Cloud ears, dried 70.1

Parsley, freeze-dried 32.7

Peppers, hot chile, sun-dried 28.7

Peppers, pasilla, dried 26.8

Chives, freeze-dried 26.2

Radishes, oriental, dried 23.9

Carrot, dehydrated 23.6

Peppers, ancho, dried 21.6

Peppers, sweet, red, freeze-dried 21.3

Peppers, sweet, green, freeze-dried 21.3

Tomato powder 16.5

Shallots, freeze-dried 15.7

Persimmons, japanese, dried 14.5

Apples, dehydrated (low moisture), sulfured, uncooked 12.4

Tomatoes, sun-dried 12.3

Mushrooms, shiitake, dried 11.5

Grape leaves, raw 11.0

Fireweed, leaves, raw 10.6

Orange peel, raw 10.6

Lemon peel, raw 10.6

Leeks, (bulb and lower-leaf portion), freeze-dried 10.4

Passion-fruit, (granadilla), purple, raw 10.4

Bananas, dehydrated, or banana powder 9.9

Figs, dried, uncooked 9.8

Onions, dehydrated flakes 9.2

Apples, dried, sulfured, uncooked 8.7

Artichokes, (globe or french), cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 8.6

Potatoes, scalloped, dry mix, unprepared 8.6

Artichokes, (globe or french), cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 8.6


High-Fiber Fruits and Vegetables Fiber

Beans, pinto, immature seeds, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 8.6

Beans, pinto, immature seeds, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 8.6

Pumpkin pie mix, canned 8.3

Peaches, dried, sulfured, uncooked 8.2

Dates, deglet noor 8.0

Potatoes, baked, skin, with salt 7.9

Potatoes, baked, skin, without salt 7.9

Wasabi, root, raw 7.8

Fruit, mixed, (prune and apricot and pear), dried 7.8

Seaweed, agar, dried 7.7

Pears, dried, sulfured, uncooked 7.5

Nance, frozen, unsweetened 7.5

Apricots, dried, sulfured, uncooked 7.3

Plums, dried (prunes), uncooked 7.1

Potatoes, mashed, dehydrated, granules without milk, dry form 7.1

Nance, canned, syrup, drained 7.0

Elderberries, raw 7.0

Currants, zante, dried 6.8

Raisins, seeded 6.8

Avocados, raw, California 6.8

Avocados, raw, all commercial varieties 6.7

Dates, medjool 6.7

Potatoes, mashed, dehydrated, granules with milk, dry form 6.6

Potatoes, mashed, dehydrated, flakes without milk, dry form 6.6

Raspberries, raw 6.5

Kumquats, raw 6.5

Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 6.4

Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 6.4

Feijoa, raw 6.4

Pears, dried, sulfured, stewed, without added sugar 6.4

Rowal, raw 6.2


High-Fiber Fruits and Vegetables Fiber

Pigeonpeas, immature seeds, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 6.2

Pigeonpeas, immature seeds, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 6.2

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, baby, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 6.0

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, baby, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 6.0

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, baby, unprepared 6.0

Potato flour 5.9

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, fordhook, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 5.8

Tomatoes, sun-dried, packed in oil, drained 5.8

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, fordhook, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 5.8

Pears, dried, sulfured, stewed, with added sugar 5.8

Beans, pinto, immature seeds, frozen, unprepared 5.7

Cranberries, dried, sweetened 5.7

Avocados, raw, Florida 5.6

Potatoes, microwaved, cooked in skin, skin, without salt 5.5

Peas, green, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 5.5

Peas, green, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 5.5

Potatoes, microwaved, cooked, in skin, skin with salt 5.5

Peas, green, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 5.5

Peas, green, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 5.5

Lima beans, immature seeds, frozen, fordhook, unprepared 5.5

Artichokes, (globe or french), raw 5.4

Sapote, mamey, raw 5.4

Guavas, common, raw 5.4

Guavas, strawberry, raw 5.4

Loganberries, frozen 5.3

Sapodilla, raw 5.3

Lima beans, immature seeds, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 5.3

Abiyuch, raw 5.3

Blackberries, raw 5.3

Lima beans, immature seeds, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 5.3

Boysenberries, frozen, unsweetened 5.3


High-Fiber Fruits and Vegetables Fiber

Edamame, frozen, prepared 5.2

Peas, green, raw 5.1

Pigeonpeas, immature seeds, raw 5.1

Taro, cooked, with salt 5.1

Taro, cooked, without salt 5.1

Tamarinds, raw 5.1

Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds, raw 5.0

Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt 5.0

Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds, frozen, unprepared 5.0

Cowpeas (blackeyes), immature seeds, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt 5.0

Blackberries, frozen, unsweetened 5.0

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