Initially, diverticulitis patients often follow a liquid diet before transitioning to low-fiber foods and eventually eating high-fiber foods. Diverticultis sufferers should slowly work towards eating 25 or 35 grams of fiber each day to manage symptoms, according to WebMD.
When diverticulitis symptoms are at their worst, a liquid diet may is likely all that a patient is able to stand. This can include water, broth and fruit juices, as well as Popsicles. As comfort builds with those foods, doctors advise adding solid foods, beginning with foods that are easy on the digestive tract. Foods low in fiber digest quickly without placing a rigorous burden on the intestines, so white bread, dairy products, eggs, fish, poultry and meat generally enter the diet first, states WebMD.
Fiber adds bulk to stools and makes them softer so that they are able to move through the colon more easily. Over time, diverticulitis sufferers find that a high-fiber diet increases their comfort level while reducing pressure throughout the digestive tract. Fresh fruits, such as prunes, pears and apples; vegetables, such as spinach, peas and squash; beans; and whole-grain pastas, breads and cereals are all safe for diverticulitis patients and can help the intestines to function more smoothly, notes WebMD.