Diverticulitis? Here Are The 15 Foods You Should Avoid (List)

There are some conditions out there where the foods you have to avoid are much clearer. For example, if you’re having issues with diabetes and are prediabetic, there is a laundry list of foods you’ll have to avoid, but it’s a clear list. The same thing goes for foods that could potentially trigger acid reflux. However, there are some conditions where even if you’re fully aware, they’re still a challenge to fully avoid.

In this particular list, we’re talking about diverticulitis, which is the inflammation of small growths in the digestive tract. As far as the growths are concerned, there is a chance that these diverticula, which tend to develop under pressure in the intestinal wall, are not inflamed and have no symptoms. This is known as diverticulosis.

When it starts to get inflamed and you feel the symptoms in the form of nausea, abdominal pain, and bloody bowel movements (uh oh), then it becomes diverticulitis. As such, this collection of food will have a connection to potentially triggering diverticulitis. Keep in mind that the condition is still being studied for the most part, and new developments and changes to one’s diet can still be made.


It’s best to avoid this fruit, even if it might be healthy by normal circumstances. It falls along the line of foods known as FODMAP. This stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Avoiding FODMAP foods is a must for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as diverticulitis.

As diverticulitis continues to be researched, we figure out which foods might be a good idea to avoid for those who have diverticulitis, as well as foods that might cause diverticulitis. Apples just happen to be one of those exemptions where the food itself is naturally healthy for people, but becomes more of an issue based on specific conditions.

For the most part, apples can be a healthy part of a diet. If you happen to be suffering from diverticulosis with little to no symptoms, you can still have apples every now and then. The only issue comes from overeating foods that fall under FODMAP, which usually causes bloating and buildup in the intestine. It is in these cases where it’s best to avoid apples.