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Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis (cont.)

Diverticulitis Diet

A high-fiber diet is the mainstay of diverticulosis and diverticulitis prevention.

  • Starting a high-fiber diet may not make the diverticula a person has go away, but it will decrease the risk of complications and the accompanying symptoms.
  • Foods high in fiber include whole-grain cereals and breads, fruits (apples, berries, peaches, pears), vegetables (squash, broccoli, cabbage, and spinach), and dried beans, peas, and lentils.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids will also help the stool stay soft and pass quickly, decreasing the risk for diverticulosis.

There has been debate over whether those with diverticulosis or diverticulitis should be advised to avoid foods such as nuts, corn, and popcorn. A 2008 study published in the The Journal of the American Medical Association found these foods may actually lower risk of the condition because of their high fiber content. Consult a health care practitioner for the dietary recommendations.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014
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