In the past, it was believed that people with diverticulitis should stay away from nuts, seeds, and popcorn, because these foods could get stuck in the diverticula (the tiny pouches that line the digestive system) and cause inflammation. According to Mayo Clinic, however, there is no evidence that specific foods trigger diverticulitis attacks.
Rather than avoid specific foods, individuals with diverticulitis should eat a fiber-rich diet that includes plenty of beans, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and potatoes.
If you’re having a diverticulitis attack, however, you may find these foods difficult to digest. If this happens, your doctor may recommend a liquid diet until the condition improves. A liquid diet consists of:
- Ice pops
- Ice chips
- Black coffee
- Tea without any sweeteners or cream
Diverticulitis is a condition that occurs with the diverticula become inflamed, infected, or torn. According to Healthline, “Some people with diverticulitis will benefit greatly from prescription medication use, particularly antibiotics. More serious cases, however, may require surgery.”
Symptoms of diverticulitis include:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Bloody bowel movements
- Diarrhea in some cases
Certain factors can increase your risk of developing diverticulitis, including:
- Lack of exercise
- A diet low in fiber and high in animal fat
- Certain medications, including opiates, steroids, and anti-inflammatory drugs
When to See a Medical Professional
If you regularly experience any of the symptoms outlined in this article, you could have diverticulitis and should see a medical professional. Although most cases of diverticulitis are easily managed with medication, untreated diverticulitis can lead to more serious medical conditions including blockage of the colon, abscesses, and peritonitis.
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Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/diverticulitis-diet
Health Line: http://www.healthline.com/health/diverticulitis-diet-list-of-foods-to-avoid