Foods You Can't Eat With Diverticulitis
Listed here are some of the foods you can't eat with Diverticulitis that you can use as a reference or as a starting point for more research.
More than this blog itself, the comments section has valuable tips, advice and experiences of people with Diverticulitis. Hope you or your loved one feel better soon.
Diverticulitis is swelling of an abnormal pouch in the intestinal wall. Most of these pouches are typically located in the large intestine. Each pouch is referred to as a diverticulum and multiple pouches are called diverticula. The presence of pouches themselves called diverticulosis. It can occur more often after the age of 40. Diverticulitis happens when bacteria get trapped in the pouches and can lead to inflammation or infection.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis:
Most of the people who suffer from diverticulosis have a very few symptoms or none at all. However some people experience some of the symptoms
- Abdominal pain in the left lower abdomen
- Diarrhea or constipation
Below you will find some of the foods you can't eat with diverticulitis. You can use this list as a general guideline and always consult your health care provider first.
List of foods to avoid with diverticulitis:
1. Nuts and seeds: Avoid nuts such as peanuts, almonds, pistachios and cashews. Because these seeds can irritate your colon and cause pain. Avoid seeds such as sunflower, caraway, pumpkin and sesame seeds. If you have diverticulitis and you think that nuts and seeds trigger your attacks, it is best to avoid these foods.
2. Vegetables and fruits: Avoid vegetables and fruits contain seeds that has tiny particles. These tiny particles could lodge in the diverticula and cause inflammation. Avoid fruits and veggies such as strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers such as green and red peppers, eggplant and okra. Also vegetables from the cruciferous family such as cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and swiss chard. Other vegetables include carrots, celery, iceberg lettuce, potatoes, squash, beets and zucchini.
3. Grain products: It is important that you avoid grains and its products. Grain has residues that can leave in the stomach. For example, it can be found in breads, and pastas. Instead you can consume enriched refined bread, plain cereals such as cheerios and rice krispies.
4.Dried fruits: Dried fruits such as raisins and berries are difficult to digest and should be avoided with diverticulitis.
5. Sugary foods and sodas: Avoid sugary foods and sodas, because they can cause gas and bloating, which can further aggravate the diverticulitis symptoms.
6. Acidic foods: Avoid highly acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits such as lemon as they may aggravate the condition.
7. Milk and cheeses: Avoid whole milk, non dairy coffee creamers and whipped cream. Whipped cream contains coconut or palm oils. Instead you can use skim milk, and low fat yogurt. Try to limit the use of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, butter, cottage cheese and margarine. Most dairy products are easily digested and tolerated well. But it is a good idea to monitor how you do on them and also discuss milk intake with your doctor first.
8. Refined foods: Another important food to avoid with diverticulitis is refined foods. Refined foods found in all purpose flour, sponge cake,pretzels, puffs, pizza, ice cream, pastries, doughnuts, chocolates, artificial sweetners, canned juice, cream pies, white sugar and muffins.
9. Fried foods: Avoid fried foods and fatty foods including french fries, fast foods, fried chicken, fried tacos, and processed foods. Instead of deep frying, you can bake, boil or saute in a pan.
10. Alcohol: It is important that you try to avoid alcoholic beverages as they irritate your colon. If you choose to drink alcohol, only drink it occasionally. It's a good idea to check with your doctor to be sure drinking alcohol is acceptable.
11. Smoking: Smoking should be avoided as they irritate the gastic mucosa.
12 Others: Other foods you can't eat with diverticulitis include corn and its products, popcorn, beans such as navy beans and kidney beans, juices with pulp, sodas, coconut, burgers, spicy foods, popcorn, peppers and fast foods.