Can you eat sourdough bread with diverticulitis?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you eat sourdough bread with diverticulitis?”. We will also discuss what diverticulitis is and what other types of food we can consume when we suffer from diverticulitis. 

Can you eat sourdough bread with diverticulitis?

Yes, you can eat sourdough bread with diverticulitis because it is rich in insoluble fiber, which is indicated in a diet for diverticulitis people. 

When we have a condition/disease that affects our nutritional health, such as diverticulitis, we ask ourselves the question of what types of food we can consume that will not cause us any damage.  In this article, we are going to see a little of this.

What is diverticulitis?

Diverticula are small pouches that protrude through the colon or large intestine. If the pouches become inflamed or infected, a condition caused by diverticulitis occurs.

The most common symptoms are the following:

  • Abdominal pain, usually on the left side
  • Fever,
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Cramping
  • Constipation

What is sourdough bread?

Sourdough is a dough used to make bread using natural yeast, which means that it does not use commercial yeast to rise. That is to say, by using a “ferment” mixture of flour and fermented water containing “wild yeast” and good bacteria to ferment. 

Sourdough produces a different flavor than doughs that use commercial yeast. It produces a sour taste and the texture also changes. 

How to make sourdough?

Basic sourdough is made only with flour, water, and salt.

  • Flour: sourdough can be made with many types of flour, but for the basic recipe you can use white bread flour, due to it being the most readily available. You can also use strong whole wheat bread flour.
  • Water: plain tap water is absolutely fine, and it’s the only thing we use to make our sourdough. 
  • Salt: the salt options to use are pure sea salt, but if you don’t have it, you can use any kind of cooking salt you have, except rock salt, which will need to be crushed before using it.

How is the diet with diverticulitis?

The diet that you can adhere to when you have diverticulitis is described below. 

  • Eat a very high fiber diet (with a good amount of soluble fiber)
  • Eat eat regular meals with fruits and vegetables every meal
  • Make sure you drink at least 2 L of water every day
  • Make sure you have enough vitamin D (supplement 10 mcg/400IU per day)
  • Reduce alcohol and tobacco use if this relates to you.
  • Take a probiotic for 3 months 

What are the benefits of sourdough bread? 

As we have seen, eating a diet high in soluble fiber is recommended when having diverticulitis. It is known that sourdough bread provides soluble fiber, but what other benefits does sourdough bread have?

Can help promote intestinal health: sourdough bread can help with your intestinal flora, mainly because of the prebiotic and probiotic properties due to fermentation.

Can control glycemia: the fermentation and higher fiber content make sourdough a useful option for those that have blood sugar control disorders.

Can reduce the risk of heart disease: diets rich in fiber are usually associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Sourdough seems to offer additional benefits due to the fermentation process; these benefits appear to be enhanced when whole rye flour is used.

Improves the bioavailability of nutrients: fermentation has been shown to help with the bioavailability of fiber as well as minerals. This is because a natural compound in grains, called phytic acid, is broken down and allows us to more easily access the nutrients in the grain.

What is the nutritional contribution of sourdough bread?

The nutritional contribution provided by the macronutrients such as carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins are expressed in the following table, which represents a slice of sourdough bread. 

Protein (g) 3
Fat (g) 0.75
Carbohydrates (g) 16

As shown in the nutritional table, it provides a significant amount of protein compared to white bread made with refined flour. Likewise, it can be seen that it provides fiber, which is beneficial within the necessary dietary guidelines for diverticulitis. 

In this link you can find a recipe for making bread 

The bottom line 

As we reported in the article, it is possible to consume sourdough bread when you have diverticulitis, since it has been characterized as being a food rich in fiber, mainly soluble fiber, and this is because whole wheat flour can be used to increase its fiber content compared to refined flour.

We also saw the nutritional contribution of a slice of bread sourdough and the nutritional benefits of eating it, for example, that it helps in the bioavailability of some nutrients. 


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query “can you eat sourdough bread with diverticulitis?”. We have also discussed what diverticulitis is and what other types of food we can consume when we suffer from diverticulitis.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.