Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Hemorrhoids
What should I eat if I have hemorrhoids?
Your doctor may recommend that you eat more foods that are high in fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber can make stools softer and easier to pass and can help treat and prevent hemorrhoids. Drinking water and other liquids, such as fruit juices and clear soups, can help the fiber in your diet work better. Ask your doctor about how much you should drink each day based on your health and activity level and where you live.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a dietary fiber intake of 14 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. For example, for a 2,000-calorie diet, the fiber recommendation is 28 grams per day.
The amount of fiber in a food is listed on the food’s nutrition facts label. Some fiber-rich foods are listed in the table below.
|Fiber Rich Foods|
|Food and Portion Size||Amount of Fiber|
|⅓‒¾ cup high-fiber bran, ready-to-eat cereal||9.1–14.3 grams|
|1‒1¼ cups of shredded wheat, ready-to-eat cereal||5.0–9.0 grams|
|1½ cups whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked||3.2 grams|
|1 small oat bran muffin||3.0 grams|
|1 medium pear, with skin||5.5 grams|
|1 medium apple, with skin||4.4 grams|
|½ cup of raspberries||4.0 grams|
|½ cup of stewed prunes||3.8 grams|
|½ cup of green peas, cooked||3.5–4.4 grams|
|½ cup of mixed vegetables, cooked from frozen||4.0 grams|
|½ cup of collards, cooked||3.8 grams|
|1 medium sweet potato, baked in skin||3.8 grams|
|1 medium potato, baked, with skin||3.6 grams|
|½ cup of winter squash, cooked||2.9 grams|
|½ cup navy beans, cooked||9.6 grams|
|½ cup pinto beans, cooked||7.7 grams|
|½ cup kidney beans, cooked||5.7 grams|
What should I avoid eating if I have hemorrhoids?
- fast food
- ice cream
- prepared foods, such as some frozen and snack foods
- processed foods, such as hot dogs and some microwavable dinners
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