A Good Diet for Diverticulosis

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What is a good diet for diverticulosis?

The goal for a good diet for diverticulosis is to reduce the risk of turning this condition into acute inflammatory diverticulitis. A more general aim is to fight against obesity, a common risk factor for diverticulosis and to increase general health through a healthy diet.

Find below the kinds of food you should eat and avoid to prevent diverticulosis or, if this medical condition has already been diagnosed, to fight against the onset of diverticulosis:

Dietary requirements for sufferers of diverticulosis

In general eating fiber-rich food and a mainly vegetarian diet is a good way of preventing diverticulosis. Though there is no official recommendation on what to eat when diverticulosis has already been diagnosed it makes sense to stick to the healthy foods listed below.

Suitable Food Unsuitable Food
various teas and water (plenty)


beans, peas, and lentils

seeds such as sunflower seeds

whole grain food and grains (e.g. whole grain bread and noodles, amaranth, barley, oats, rice, quinoa, maize/corn, etc.)

vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, and aubergines

fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, various berries, and grapes


chicken and turkey


soft drinks

fatty foods

ready-made meals

white bread

red meat


large amounts of bananas

Note that nuts and corn were once considered unsuitable for patients suffering from diverticulosis. However, in a research paper from the University of Washington  School of Medicine positive effects have been ascribed to eating nuts and corn.

As noted the intake of fiber-rich food is good for preventing and probably also for dealing with diverticulosis. However, it has a detrimental effect during diverticulitis episodes! So different dietary requirements apply to this condition.

For advice on a good diet for diverticulitis please follow the link.