Diverticulitis Diet

What kind of diet is recommended for Diverticulitis?

The Diverticulitis Diet website is a community for all sufferers of Diverticulitis and similar ailments. To successfully manage diverticulitis, one must start with a diverticulitis diet.

If infection has already occurred it is recommended that a person stick to a low residue diet which will have an effect much like that of constipation. This means that bowel movements will decrease and the infection or inflammation of the diverticula can have a chance to heal.

A low residue diet is one that consists of a daily intake of no more than 10 grams of fiber. While on this diet for an extended period of time it is recommended that a multivitamin or mineral supplement be taken daily. This ensures that minerals and vitamins lost while on the low residue diet are made by taking supplements.

Grain products to be eaten while on the low residue diet include:

  • refined white bread, buns and English muffins
  • cereals including: cornflakes, rice bubbles, special K and cheerios
  • biscuits including: arrowroot biscuits and water crackers
  • white rice, refined pasta and noodles
  • any fruit and vegetable juice excluding prune juice
  • stone fruits, melons, grapes and canned fruit salad
  • potatoes with no skin, alfalfa sprouts, beetroot, green beans, carrots, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, capsicum, squash and zucchini
  • well cooked meat fish and eggs can all be eaten too

Foods to Avoid:

  • whole grains
  • raw and dried fruits, sultanas, raisins, berries
  • broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage
  • all nuts and seeds

What foods have fiber?

Examples of foods that have fiber include:

  • Breads, cereals, and beans
  • 1/2 cup of navy beans9.5 grams
  • 1/2 cup of kidney beans8.2 grams
  • 1/2 cup of black beans7.5 grams

Whole-grain cereal, cold

  • 1/2 cup of All-Bran9.6 grams
  • 3/4 cup of Total2.4 grams
  • 3/4 cup of Post Bran Flakes5.3 grams
  • 1 packet of whole-grain cereal, hot3.0 grams
    (oatmeal, Wheatena)
  • 1 whole-wheat English muffin4.4 grams

Fruits

  • 1 medium apple, with skin3.3 grams
  • 1 medium pear, with skin4.3 grams
  • 1/2 cup of raspberries4.0 grams
  • 1/2 cup of stewed prunes3.8 grams

Vegetables

  • 1/2 cup of winter squash2.9 grams
  • 1 medium sweet potato with skin4.8 grams
  • 1/2 cup of green peas4.4 grams
  • 1 medium potato with skin3.8 grams
  • 1/2 cup of mixed vegetables4.0 grams
  • 1 cup of cauliflower2.5 grams
  • 1/2 cup of spinach3.5 grams
  • 1/2 cup of turnip greens2.5 grams

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005

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