Foods To Avoid With Diverticulitis

What foods should you avoid if you have diverticular disease?

When someone has diverticulitis, their doctor may recommend a list of foods to avoid with diverticulitis. A special diet will be provided to help manage symptoms and reduce the further risk of complications.  In this page, we list some of the foods that should be avoided with diverticulitis, as well as some alternatives that are safe to eat.

Foods to Avoid with Diverticulitis

Seeds & Nuts

Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that seeds or nuts should be avoided, we have omitted seeds and nuts from our recipes and encourage you to speak with your physician regarding their suitability in your diet.

Breads and Cereals

  • Rolls with nuts, seeds
  • Bread containing cracked wheat particles or whole seeds
  • Coarse, dry cereal
  • Any bran or raisins

Meats or Meat Substitutes

  • Fried meats, fish, or poultry
  • Meats highly seasoned or containing whole spices; sausage, frankfurters
  • Strong cheeses or those containing seeds
  • Dried beans or peas, chunky peanut butter.


  • Chili Peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Green Peppers
  • Tomato


  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Coconuts
  • Whole Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes with seeds
  • Kiwi
  • Pomegranates
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries


  • Jam, marmalade, fruit preserves
  • Chili pepper, curry powder, cloves, seed spices, horseradish, popcorn, pickles, salsa, relish, chutney, all seeds such as poppy, sesame and caraway.
  • Limit or completely omit alcoholic beverages

It’s important to note that every person’s digestive system is different, so not all of these foods may affect you in the same way. Your doctor or a registered dietitian can help you create a personalized diet plan that works for you.

Once your condition and flare-up has subsided, learn about how to start returning to your normal diet after diverticulitis.


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  4. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. (2019). Diverticular Disease.