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Can You Eat Nuts, Corn, and Seeds With Diverticulosis?

Updated: Mar 18, 2023

It is amazing that some gastro's don't share this info with their patients. Back when I was diagnosed with DV, I was told not to eat anything with seeds, nuts, corn, etc. Somehow this is still an issue that comes up. This debate has long been put to rest through many studies over the years, but some people still think they must avoid these foods. In this post, we will discuss one of the largest studies that was done over decade ago! Individuals with diverticular disease who desire to eat strawberries/berries, seeds, popcorn, and nuts have good news. This study published 15 years ago found that 47% of colorectal surgeons advised patients with diverticular disease to avoid nuts and seeds despite a lack of evidence supporting this dietary restriction. I missed out on years of enjoying my cashews and pistachios!!

This study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (link below) examined the relationship between nuts, corn, and popcorn consumption and the risk of diverticular disease complications and flare-ups. The study used data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and included 47,228 men aged 40 to 75 years. The study found that consuming nuts, corn, and popcorn was not significantly correlated with diverticular disease complications, and those who ate the most seeds and nuts actually had a lower risk of developing the disease. A lot of other studies and doctors believe nuts and seeds can be beneficial and actually help to reduce flare-ups.

The study notes that their findings cannot statistically generalize to include women or younger populations due to the data's characteristics. However, it is likely that nuts, corn, popcorn, and small seeds are safe for all individuals with diverticular disease and for those who wish to avoid the onset of the condition. Therefore, those with diverticular disease can munch on these foods without worrying but should pay attention to the amount of fat and salt they consume with them. Furthermore, there is no need for dietary avoidance of small seeds, as there is no significant association between the intake of berries, nuts, and seeds and diverticular complications.

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Now that you know, go ahead and enjoy some nuts!!!

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