If you have diverticulitis, which is an inflammation or infection of the diverticula (small pouches that can form in the lining of the digestive system), it is important to follow a specific diet to promote healing and reduce symptoms.
The main goal of the diverticulitis diet is to reduce the amount of fiber and residue in the digestive system, as these can irritate the inflamed or infected diverticula. Initially, a low-fiber diet is recommended, which may include white rice. However, as you begin to recover, your doctor or dietitian may recommend gradually increasing your fiber intake to prevent future episodes of diverticulitis.
It’s important to work with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to determine the best diet for you during the different stages of diverticulitis. They can provide you with personalized dietary recommendations based on your symptoms, medical history, and individual needs.