Foods to Avoid When you Have Diverticulitis

June 22, 2011
By Elle

apples2 300x199 Foods to Avoid When you Have DiverticulitisThere have been many misconceptions about what you may or should eat if you suffer from Diverticulosis. If you have the condition diverticulosis – where the elasticity has been lost in your colon and small pouches have begun to form in the weakened areas, it is important to increase your fiber intake to 30-35 grams of fiber a day. Add fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains. Take out refined, processed and enriched foods. You really need to change the way you eat permanently.

However if you are having a diverticulitis attack, this is a different story. During a flare-up or inflammation of diverticulitis, you need to adhere to a low residue diet. Foods to avoid when you have diverticulitis inflammation are high-fiber foods, cruciferous vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds (basically everything you would eat to prevent an attack).

Symptoms of a diverticulitis include:

  • Bloating
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Constipation
  • Bleeding in your stool
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea (not always)
  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Fever

The mistake most people make is staying on the low residue diet, even after symptoms have cleared up. It is important to go back to a healthy, high fiber diet when the diverticulitis flare-up has subsided. It is ok to stay on a low residue diet for even a couple of extra days, but return to healthful eating soon after.

Many people have been told to stay away from nuts and seeds. While you know your body and will know if eating these has preceded an attack, there is no scientific basis for these instructions. Many foods with nuts and seeds contain high fiber contents that will help ward off future attacks. Please see Mayo Clinic for more info on the nuts and seeds issue.

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