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Diverticulitis Foods to Avoid

Updated on February 11, 2014

Diverticulitis is a disease caused by pockets in the intestine walls. These pockets can become infected or inflamed in food could be triggering flair at or getting stuck in these pockets. According to help castle, a diet that contains 10 grams or less of fiber per day is considered a low residue diet. A low residue diet often follows clear liquid to recover from a flare up. Once symptoms improve a high fiber diet should be worked back into your daily lifestyle. Changing your diet is a natural treatment alternative to medications and medical procedures. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about time lines or variations for your specific symptoms.

Diverticulitis Diet

Low Fiber Diet

According to help castle, A low fiber diet requires avoidance of low grain products, dried fruit, beans, nuts and seeds, yogurt, and vegetables from the cruciferous family such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard. Incorporate white pasta and breads, any vegetable or fruit juice except for prune juice, skinless potatoes and other vegetables, eggs, well-done meat and fish.

High Fiber Diet

When you work back up to a regular high fiber diet, you can then add brown rice, whole grains, legumes, fruit, wild rice is and vegetables. Mayo clinic recommends eating “at least 25 grams of fiber each day if you're a woman, and 38 grams of fiber each day if you're a man.”

Foods to Avoid

Certain foods need to be avoided if you suffer from diverticulitis. Every Diet recommends avoiding “any hard or difficult-to-digest foods, such as nuts, corn, popcorn hulls, and sunflower, pumpkin, caraway, and sesame seeds.” These foods include corn, nuts, and seeds such as sunflower pumpkin caraway and sesame seeds.

Every Diet also indicates that though all seeds were thought to be unsafe in the past, small seeds are now allowed. Small seeds in vegetables and poppy seeds can be eaten.


Many grain products are high in fiber which is important in a diverticulitis diet. Avoid whole grains due to residue that it leaves in the stomach. Eat white rice pasta. Eat plain cereal like rice Krispies. Max could include soda crackers melba toast and arrowroot cookies.

Clear Liquids

Your doctor may put you on a clear liquid diet for a few days after a diverticulitis attack to get your health back on track. Clear liquid drinks could include water, fruit juice that does not contain pulp, clear soda pop and tea or coffee with no dairy or cream added to it. To start integrating food back into your diet, and you can eat broth, popsicles that do not have fruit chunks and ice chips.


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    • stasis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      as far as I have heard, it's not linked to genetics. More commonly diet, lack of exercise, obesity and aging.

    • vr106 profile image


      9 years ago

      Does this disease just develop on its own? Is it genetic and thus inherited in nature?

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      Roselyn Mendoza 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      My aging granny must be suffering from this illness. She always complains of indigestion. Good thing, she's avoiding nuts and high-fibrous foods lately. Thanks for sharing the info :)

    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 

      9 years ago from Delaware

      Wow, wasn't too familiar with this, although I had heard of it before. Thanks for explaining Diverticulitis so well and what foods should be avoided.

    • stasis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      mainly older I believe, though some younger people get it, like they do ulcerative colitis. rare but it happens :P

    • anthonycoburn profile image


      9 years ago from UK

      is this an old or young persons disease? just want to know how worried i should be!!!


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