Are there effective dietary recommendations for preventing diverticular disease?

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Abstract

EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER

A vegetarian diet and a relatively high intake of dietary fiber (>25 g/d) are associated with a reduced risk of hospital admission or dying from diverticular disease (SOR: B, inception cohort study). Only fruit and cereal fiber, and not vegetable and potato fiber, showed significant risk reductions per 5 g/d fiber intake (SOR: B, prospective cohort study). Nut and popcorn consumption at least twice weekly are also associated with a decreased risk of diverticulitis (SOR: B, prospective cohort study).

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