What Foods Should Be Avoided With Diverticulitis?

Sharing from Bettie Bozeman:

“What are foods to avoid [with Diverticulitis]. I need to know”


In fact, your diet does affect your symptoms of diverticulitis. You may need to avoid foods that are hard to digest. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that you don’t have to avoid certain foods if you have diverticulitis.

Foods can be limited or avoided with diverticulitis

  • Foods with high FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) like
    • certain fruits, such as apples, pears, and plums
    • dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and ice cream
    • fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or kimchi
    • beans
    • cabbage
    • Brussels sprouts
    • onions and garlic
  • Fiber-rich foods if you’re having a flare up:
    • beans and legumes such as navy beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lentils, and kidney beans
    • whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, amaranth, spelt, and bulgur
    • vegetables
    • fruits
  • Nuts, popcorn, and most seeds (which was recommended in the past. Modern research has not shown evidence)
  • Alcohol
  • Foods that are high in fat and sugar and low in fiber:
    • red meat
    • refined grains
    • full-fat dairy
    • deep-fried foods

Foods that are encouraged to eat

  • Low-fiber foods like:
    • white rice, white bread, or white pasta (be careful to avoid gluten-containing foods if intolerant)
    • dry, low-fiber cereals
    • processed fruits such as applesauce or canned peaches
    • cooked animal proteins such as fish, poultry, or eggs
    • olive oil or other oils
    • yellow squash, zucchini, or pumpkin (peeled, seeds removed, and cooked)
    • cooked spinach, beets, carrots, or asparagus
    • potatoes with no skin
    • fruit and vegetable juices
  • Clear liquid diet such as:
    • Water
    • Fruit juices
    • Broth
    • Ice pops
  • High-fiber diet after one has already recovered from an episode of diverticulitis


That’s being said, your diet should vary when you’re having symptoms and when you’re not. Talk to your doctor if you are not sure whether you should avoid any foods or reduce the amounts you consume.

We are sincerely grateful for Bettie Bozeman’s sharing story! We hope all the questions you raised and stories you shared could make a difference to those who are suffering from it.  All your kind sharing or questioning is welcomed.  Once again, HTQ is always available as long as you need us.

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