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What diet can you give to a patient who is suffering from diverticulitis?

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A diverticulitis diet begins with clear liquids for the first few days. This includes water, fruit juice without pulp, broth, frozen ice pops, ice chips, gelatin and tea, explains Mayo Clinic.

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Low-fiber foods are added to the diet when symptoms start to improve. These foods include canned or cooked skinless fruits and vegetable; eggs; fish; poultry; refined white bread; fruit juice with a little bit of pulp; low-fiber cereal; milk products; rice; and pasta, notes Mayo Clinic. When low-fiber foods are well tolerated, high-fiber foods are added, including beans, whole-grain bread and fresh fruits and vegetables, according to WebMD.

Diverticulitis begins with the development of diverticulosis, a disease marked by the presence of small pouches in the colon called diverticula. Diverticulosis is most commonly seen in the elderly and affects more than 50 percent of Americans after the age of 60. Diverticulitis occurs when pieces of stool that pass through the colon get trapped in the diverticula and cause inflammation and infection, according to PubMed Health. No one knows the exact cause of diverticulosis. Some believe it is caused by a low-fiber diet, rich in processed foods. This type of diet is a common cause of constipation and straining. Straining increases pressure in the colon, which may cause the formation of diverticula.

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