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Is it okay to eat peanut butter if you have diverticulitis?

Is it okay to eat peanut butter if you have diverticulitis?

Creamy oK: If one has diverticulosis crunchy peanut butter would have small pieces of peanuts in it that could occlude the diverticulum and lead to the inflammatory condition called diverticulitis. The same reason to limit or eliminate popcorn due to some of the seeds working through the colonic track with the potential to occlude as well. With diverticulitis one should be on a low residue diet for a period of time. ...Read more

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Peanut Butter (Definition)

Guidelines from reputable health agencies suggest some steps parents can take to reduce their child's chances of having food and other allergies, although there are no guarantees of success. If either or both parents have a personal or family history of allergy, for example, asthma, eczema, hay fever, perennial allergic rhinitis (allergy to animals, dust mites, or molds) the following is recommended: * Avoid common allergenic foods, in particular peanuts and tree nuts, during pregnancy and while nursing -- peanut protein, as well as components of cow's milk, eggs, and wheat, are ...Read more


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What food can I eat with diverticulitis ?

Most anything: There has been alot of misinformation as to how diet relates to diverticulitis. Limiting certain foods such as seeds , popcorn etc used to be common but no scientific evidence exists that these foods caues bouts of diverticulitis. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and avoid constipation. ...Read more

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Managing Diverticulitis (Checklist)

Eat a high fiber diet
Daily
Drink 80-100 oz of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Daily
Don't eat nuts, seeds, or popcorn.
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What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

What is safe to eat with diverticulitis?

Generally: For acute diverticulitis, i recommend low to no fiber for 4-6 weeks following diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics. Then if surgery not indicated, you may slowly add fiber back into your diet. If you buy the right groceries and order the right food in restaurants i generally do not find fiber supplements necessary. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 33 and i was just treated for diverticulitis, what can I eat?

I generally: Treat diverticulitis with 14 days of antibiotics, a liquid diet until pain and fever and white blood cell count normalize, then a low fiber diet for a full 6 weeks to let colon heal. If you are having repeated episodes of diverticulitis you should consider elective surgery to remove this portion of your colon and avoid future severe attacks or complications. ...Read more

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Can you eat sunflower seeds when you have diverticulitis?

Yes: It is a common misconception that you should avoid seeds or nuts with diverticulitis. There is excellent scientific evidence that seeds or nuts do not cause diverticulitis. In fact, these are forms of fiber that are beneficial in preventing diverticulosis and diverticulitis. I tell all my patients with a history of diverticulitis to eat nuts and seeds and not worry. ...Read more

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Please suggest what food should you not eat to avoid getting diverticulitis after you have allready had it?

High fiber diet: There is no proven way to prevent a recurrent attack of diverticulitis. The old rule of avoiding nuts and seeds has been disproven. My experience tells me that avoiding constipation and eating a high fiber diet (such as oatmeal) or taking fiber supplements every day (such as benefiber or metamucil) may prevent recurrent attacks, but there is no guarantee. ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis. Can I eat strawberries, tomatoes, and nuts?

Probably: Diverticulitis occurs when a small pocket on the wall of the colon ruptures. We used to believe that any foods that can block the small opening of the diverticulum could precipitate diverticulitis, leading to the recommendation to avoid seeded fruits and vegetable and nuts. Nevertheless, no study has substantiated this claim. Therefore, it is probably fine to eat these foods. ...Read more

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What is a healthy snack for diverticulitis since i can't eat seeds or nuts?

Food with Fiber: Most fruits and vegetables with fiber are good. Just seed containing foods like kiwi, tomato, peppers r not recommended unless carefully deseeded. Reason being, seeds can get trapped in the pockets of the diverticula setting up a focus for infection , inflammation. ...Read more

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I had surgery for diverticulitis on 2003 - can I get this back?And can I eat strawberry seeds?

Yes it can recur : Surgery usually involves a resection of the part of the colon infected so that a recurrence can occur in another part of the colon. As far as diet is concerned the diverticular diet was devised in the 1920s and excluded all seeds, etc.(things that dont get digested) however in more recent years these things do not seem to be a cause of diverticulitis. In the 1920s a physician found a seed in the. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis (Definition)

Diverticulitis is inflamation and/or infection of diverticuli, almost exclusively of the colon. The most common place is in the sigmoid colon, low on the left side. Symptoms are pain and tenderness of the left lower abdomen. They can be mild to severe. Sometimes worse with ...Read more


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