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Dr. Craig Smith
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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


Dr. Michael Murray
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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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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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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Dr. Stephen Southard
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Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Is it okay to eat nuts if you've had diverticulitis attacks in the past?

Controversial: While many gastroenterologist and other treating doctors still recommend to avoid eating seeds, nuts, popcorn, etc that may get "stuck" in diverticulae, there are multiple studies that suggest this isn't the case. Make of that what you will. A high fiber, vegetarian diet has been shown to be preventative. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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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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Dr. David Earle
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Hi, I've been recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. How regularly will I have to eat fibre and in what quantities? I'm 33. Thanks in advance.

Hi, I've been recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. How regularly will I have to eat fibre and in what quantities?  I'm 33. Thanks in advance.

Low, then high : If you're having a bout of active diverticulitis, you should have low fiber in your diet until it resolves, then high fiber. There is no proven amount of fiber, so take a look at several sources, and do what seems best for you. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. John Eckford
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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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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
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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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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?

What are the foods I should not eat since I have had several severe bouts of diverticulitis, and what bread should I be eating?

Do eat high fiber: High fiber diet, fruits & vegetables are best. Avoid junk foods, rice, pasta, white bread, but can have in smaller amounts. High fiber whole wheat bread ok. Add metamucil or similar for fiber. Drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Dr. Aruna Bakhru
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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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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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