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What kind of nut/seed snack foods don't aggravate diverticulitis?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
High fiber!: The idea that folks with diverticular disease should avoid seeds, nuts, corn, popcorn has never had any data to support it, so unless a particular food item causes discomfort, i don't advise its avoidance. That said, those with diverticular disease should be on a high fiber diet with plenty of fluid- this has been shown to decrease episodes of pain.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
There is actually excellent research which proves Dr. Rakinic's point! See this link, you can download the article from JAMA which followed nearly 50,000 patients for 18 years and proved that avoiding seeds & nuts makes diverticulosis WORSE: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/300/8/907.full . Eat all the seeds and nuts you want!
Mar 20, 2012
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Careful: If you really mean diverticulitis, stay away from any fiber until the diverticulitis has completely reolved, about 4-6 weeks. If you mean diverticulosis, then a good high fiber diet and plenty of fluids in excess of 80 ounces per day not counting caffeine or alcohol is the appropriate regimen to reduce incidence of diverticulitis.

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