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

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

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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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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Taking Flagyl and cipro (ciprofloxacin) for diverticulitis. Should i take probiotics at same time? Can i eat nuts and seeds now or after symptoms (pain) goes away?

Probiotics are safe.: Probiotics will not affect your antibiotic treatment for diverticulitis and are safe to take. I would avoid eating anything with seeds or nuts as these may get stuck in a diverticulum and cause a flare of diverticulitis. Risk of recurrence is drastically reduced by removing the diseased part of the colon. ...Read more

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Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Can people with diverticulitis eat flaxseed?

Depends : There are two schools of thought. And u guessed it, some say u can and others u can't! personally i feel that the biggest thing is formed soft bm. If ur stool is not hard, small pellets and u don't have to strain, eating seeds in moderation should b fine. Key is fiber fiber fiber and lots of water. ...Read more

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Can you eat turkey sausage if you have diverticulitis?

Yes: If not dealing with a current attack, turkey sausage is fine. However, ensure that your diet has plenty of fiber and water in it to help soften and add bulk to stools. This will help them pass more easily. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat oatmeal after an attack of diverticulitis?

Is it ok to eat oatmeal after an attack of diverticulitis?

Not right away: generally I recommend that for 2 weeks following a diverticulitis episode, my patients remain on a low residue diet. Which is a diet low in fiber. Oatmeal tends to have a high fiber content and I would only start that after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you eat sunflower seeds when you have diverticulitis?

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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Is it possible for me to eat meat if I have diverticulitis?

Is it possible for me to eat meat if I have diverticulitis?

Yes: It is clearly possible. Is it wise i think is what you are asking. Probably pursuing a low fat diet is best, so you can clearly eat meat and there are many choices that will stay in that low fat category. You might avoid most red meats for a while. ...Read more