A diverticulitis diet is something your doctor might recommend as part of a treatment plan for acute diverticulitis.
Diverticulitis occurs when small, bulging pouches (diverticula) in your digestive tract become infected and inflamed. Mild cases are usually treated with antibiotics and a diverticulitis diet, which includes clear liquids and low-fiber foods. More-severe cases typically require hospitalization.
A diverticulitis diet is intended to give your digestive system a chance to rest.
A diverticulitis diet starts with only clear liquids for a few days. Examples of items allowed on a clear liquid diet include:
- Fruit juices without pulp, such as apple juice
- Ice chips
- Ice pops without bits of fruit or fruit pulp
- Tea or coffee without cream
As you start feeling better, your doctor will recommend that you slowly add low-fiber foods. Examples of low-fiber foods include:
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- Canned or cooked fruits without skin or seeds
- Canned or cooked vegetables such as green beans, carrots and potatoes (without the skin)
- Eggs, fish and poultry
- Refined white bread
- Fruit and vegetable juice with no pulp
- Low-fiber cereals
- Milk, yogurt and cheese
- White rice, pasta and noodles
See more In-depth
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- Nutrition Care Manual: Diverticular conditions. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. http://nutritioncaremanual.org/index.cfm. Accessed Aug. 30, 2016.
- Nutrition Care Manual: Low-fiber nutrition therapy. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. http://nutritioncaremanual.org/index.cfm. Accessed Aug. 30, 2016.