Diverticulitis is a condition in which small pouches in the lining of the intestine become inflamed or infected. During a flare-up of diverticulitis, it is important to avoid certain foods that can worsen the symptoms or cause further irritation to the intestines. Here are some foods to avoid:
- Nuts and seeds: These can get lodged in the diverticula and cause irritation or inflammation.
- Popcorn: The hulls of popcorn can also get lodged in the diverticula and cause irritation or inflammation.
- Spicy foods: These can irritate the intestines and worsen symptoms of diverticulitis.
- Fatty foods: High-fat foods such as fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, and full-fat dairy products can be difficult to digest and can worsen symptoms of diverticulitis.
- Red meat: Red meat can be difficult to digest and may worsen inflammation in the intestines.
- High-fiber foods: While a high-fiber diet is generally recommended for diverticulitis, during a flare-up it is important to avoid high-fiber foods as they can be difficult to digest and may worsen symptoms.
It is important to follow a low-residue diet during a diverticulitis flare-up, which includes easily digestible foods such as cooked vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fiber grains. Always consult with a doctor or registered dietitian for personalized dietary advice.