Almond flour can help people who suffer from diverticulitis, a condition that causes bloating and constipation. It can be difficult to diagnosis and often may be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome because it has many of the same symptoms. Some people experience abdominal pain or a change in bowel habits. If untreated, the condition can result in small tears or blockages in the colon.
Starting an Almond Flour Diet
Add more fibre to your diet and consider switching to a gluten-free diet. One way to achieve both is by using almond flour (ground almonds) as a replacement for wheat flour. Almond flour is healthy, nutritious and gluten-free. It doesn't have as much sugar as regular flour, is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Dietitians recommend having 25 to 35g of fibre a day if you are suffering from diverticulitis. That's not easy to do, so along with regular servings of whole grains and fruits and veggies, use almond flour rather than white or wheat flour in baked goods to increase your fibre intake and manage your diverticulitis. There is an average of 4g of fibre in a 1/4 cup of almonds.
Benefits of Almond Flour
Many gluten-free products and recipes are becoming more widely available in stores and online, so there are many recipes available that use almond flour. Almonds have the good monounsaturated fats recommended by dietitians and can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Buy almond flour at speciality stores or online, or make it yourself in a blender or food processor. You may want to invest in a high-quality blender or food processor if making almond flour is something you want to do regularly. Use almond flour in muffins and pancakes, but it is not recommended for making bread because you won't get the desired texture. Almond flour can't be kneaded to get the results like you would in a regular flour bread dough.