What foods trigger diverticulitis?


Diverticulitis is a condition where the diverticula, small pockets that form in the lining of the digestive tract, become inflamed or infected. While there is no specific food that has been identified as a direct cause of diverticulitis, certain foods can trigger symptoms or exacerbate the condition in some people.

Some of the foods that are commonly associated with triggering diverticulitis symptoms include:

  1. Nuts and seeds: Although there is conflicting evidence, some studies suggest that consuming nuts and seeds can irritate the diverticula and trigger symptoms.
  2. High-fat foods: Foods that are high in fat, such as fried foods and fatty meats, can be harder to digest and may worsen diverticulitis symptoms.
  3. Spicy foods: Spicy foods can irritate the digestive tract and may trigger symptoms of diverticulitis.
  4. Dairy products: Some people with diverticulitis may be lactose intolerant, which means that consuming dairy products can lead to abdominal discomfort and other digestive symptoms.
  5. Refined carbohydrates: Processed foods that are high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pasta, can contribute to inflammation in the body and may worsen symptoms of diverticulitis.

It’s important to note that not all people with diverticulitis will be affected by the same foods, and triggers can vary from person to person. It’s always a good idea to talk to a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if you have concerns about your diet and how it may be affecting your diverticulitis symptoms.

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