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How could a person with diverticulosis eat fiber if the fiber gives you gas?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Fiber in excess: Can cause gas. Add fiber slowly to the diet rather than make abrupt changes. Also inadequate fluid or excessive caffeine or alcohol can cause the fiber to produce excess gas. It can be done but it does require changing your eating and drinking habits.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Little at a time.: Try to have a little bit of fiber at a time, divided amongst several meals in a day. Your body might tolerate it better that way. For women, 35 grams daily and 50 grams daily for men - divide it up amongst five meals daily.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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