Though diverticulitis can develop due to a wide range of health concerns, most doctors agree food plays a large role in the severity, number of flare-ups, and ultimate treatment of this inflammatory digestive tract condition. Though the edible culprits vary from person to person, evidence suggests some foods are particularly irritating to those with a tendency toward diverticulitis flare-ups. Beginning an elimination diet to determine which of the following foods causes symptoms can go a long way toward minimizing or even preventing diverticulitis episodes.


1. High Fiber Foods

In general, fiber in the diet is helpful for people with diverticulitis. However, if the individual is experiencing a flare-up, it may be necessary to restrict high-fiber foods for a period; fiber bulks up the stool, which can cause painful contractions in the bowel. During a flare-up, it may be best to limit the intake of beans, whole grain, and fruits and vegetables, and focus more on foods with fewer than 2 grams of fiber per serving. Fiber can usually be reintroduced to the diet once the symptoms have eased.

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