Nutrition and Eating

Should I Go On the Diverticulitis Diet?

Diverticulitis is a condition that may develop in those who have a common colorectal disorder called diverticulosis. Diverticulosis occurs when small pouches (diverticula), which form in the walls of your large intestine, become infected or inflamed; when this happens, you have diverticulitis.

The Diverticulitis Diet: Is it for Me?

If you have diverticulosis or diverticulitis, you may be toying with the idea of going on the “diverticulitis diet,” which involves consuming a primarily low-fiber, liquid diet to give the digestive system a rest.

However, Carmen Meier MD, a gastroenterologist at the TriHealth Digestive Institute, has her own take on this diet plan. She says: “Throw that out the window!”

Why? “We used to tell people to avoid nuts, seeds and popcorn, because, conceptually, it made sense. If you’d get things caught in these little pouches, you would be more likely to develop diverticulitis, but as it turns out, we have some pretty good studies suggesting that’s not true at all,” she explains.

Dr. Meier says these studies follow two groups of people: One group follows the diet and the other group does not. Research shows there is little-to-no difference in symptoms, regardless of whether participants followed the diet.

Are There Any Foods I Should Be Eating?

While Dr. Meier says there is not much evidence proving that eating a high-fiber diet will necessarily protect one from developing diverticulitis, she says eating fibrous foods, like fruits and vegetables is still smart for overall health.

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Last Updated: June 25, 2013