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What foods should not be eaten with diverticulitus (sp?).? Thank you.

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I suppose you do make a difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis but I will explain anyway. Diverticulosis is a disorder in which small pouches are made in the intestines. When these pouches and sacs get inflamed (food may get stuck in there, etc), the condition is called diverticulitis and a person may need to have a surgery.
There is a difference in diet in these two conditions. People who are diagnosed with diverticulosis (presence of pouches in the intestines that are NOT inflamed) should slowly introduce fiber into their diet. Most people who do develop the disorder do not eat enough fiber and have developed the disorder due to constipation and straining. Fiber along with drinking a lot of water (at least 8 glasses a day), would make stool soft and enable ease passage of stools. Foods that are high in fiber are fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grain breads and cereals. These foods should be slowly introduced into diet, so that a person’s GI tract could get used to them and so they would avoid abdominal discomfort and accompanying symptoms.
Those who have developed the pouches should avoid eating foods that could get stuck in the pouches and cause inflammation. These are nuts, hulls, berries and seeds.
On the other hand, those who have developed inflammation, ie diverticulitis, should be on a liquid or low fiber diet until antibiotics do their work and infection goes away. Your doctor is the one who should suggest what you should/not eat.
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