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Correct Diet for Diverticulitis

If you already have the Diverticulitis infection, it is recommended that you stick to a low-residue diet. By doing so, bowel movement frequency will decrease and the infection or inflammation of the diverticula can have a chance to heal. Remember, a low-residue diet is one that consists of less than 10 grams of fiber per day. It is highly recommended that one supplement their low residue diet with a multi-vitamin or other mineral supplement.

Some low-residue diet recommendations include: 

  • refined white bread,
  • buns and english muffins 
  • cereals including: Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Special K and Cheerios 
  • biscuits
  • white rice, refined pasta and noodles 
  • any fruit and vegetable juice excluding tomato and prune juice
  • stone fruits, melons, grapes and canned fruit 
  • salad 
  • potatos with no skin, alfafa 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

Remember to avoid these foods with diverticulitis.  If you are over your infection and want to prevent future bouts of diverticulitis a high-fiber (yes, basically the opposite of a low-residue diet) is recommended.  We have put together a list of recipes for diverticulitis and offer one delicious recipe per day in our Diverticulitis Recipe-a-Day Newsletter.