Constipation is a common problem for everyone, particularly people with interstitial cystitis (IC). Not only does it cause discomfort, for many IC patients it can increase IC symptoms such as urgency and frequency by causing additional pressure against the bladder. Many things may cause constipation including a low fiber diet. Luckily, there are many IC friendly foods that are high in fiber. Read more about IC and constipation.

Food Group

Serving

Grams of Fiber

Breads and Cereals

All Bran Cereal
½ cup
10
Air-popped Popcorn
1 cup
2.5
Bran Buds
½ cup
7.9
Bran Chex
1 cup
4.6
Cracklin’ Oat Bran
½ cup
4.3
Oatmeal (cooked)
1 cup
4.0
Raisin Bran
1 cup
4.0
Whole-wheat Bread
1 slice
1.9

Legumes, cooked

Kidney Beans
½ cup
5.2
Lima Beans
½ cup
4.5
Navy Beans
½ cup
9.3

Vegetables, cooked

Broccoli
½ cup
3.0
Brussels Sprouts
½ cup
3.2
Cauliflower
½ cup
2.0
Peas (green)
½ cup
3.3
Potatoes (with skin)
1 small
2.5

Fruits

Bananas
1 medium
2.0
Blueberries
½ cup
2.0
Dates (dried)
½ cup
1.9
Prunes (dried)
½ cup
3.0
Raisins
¼ cup
2.1

 

Note: Processed and refined foods typically have no fiber.

SOURCE: Urological and Gynecological Chronic Pelvic Pain: Current Therapies [Moldwin R, ed]. Springer Publishing: USA. [Pending publication, expected release 2016].

Revised Tuesday, June 21st, 2016