A diverticulitis diet is something your doctor might recommend as part of a short-term treatment plan for acute diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis Diet – Foods to Eat
A clear liquid diet is recommended for a few days for treatment of acute diverticulitis. Below are some of the examples of items allowed on a clear liquid diet:
- Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple juice
- Ice chips
- Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
- Tea or coffee without cream
Once the patient starts feeling better, the doctor may recommend to slowly adding low-fiber foods in the diet (usually 10-15 grams of fiber per day). Below are some of the great examples of low fiber foods:
- Eggs, fish and poultry
- Canned or cooked fruits without skin or seeds
- Refined white bread
- Canned or cooked vegetables such as green beans, carrots and potatoes (without the skin)
- Fruit and vegetable juice with no pulp
- Milk, yogurt and cheese
- Low-fiber cereals
- White rice, pasta and noodles
Once symptoms resolve, patients can gradually add high fiber foods one by one back into the diet (goal is to reach 30-35 grams of fiber per day)
Diverticulitis Diet – Foods to Avoid
- Foods that are greasy, fried and sugary
- Dairy with high amounts of lactose (the milk sugar in dairy)
- Sweetened and caffeinated beverages: smoothies, sugary fruit juices, sodas, lattes, etc
- Foods sweetened with isomalt, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol (artificial sweeteners)
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Diverticular disease occurs when small pouches develop in the lining of the large bowel. If these pockets become inflamed or infected, this is known as diverticulitis.