Diverticulitis Foods to Avoid: Are Popcorn, Nuts & Seeds Safe to Eat?


What is the Difference Between Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis?

Dr. Oz explained the differences between Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis and clarified whether nuts, seeds and popcorn are bad for the condition.  Good news, according to a new study, it may be safe to eat popcorn, nuts and seeds even if you do have Diverticulitis!  But we will get to the details of that in just a minute.

Dr Oz Diverticulitis Symptoms

Cramping, constipation and nausea are symptoms that may be nothing to worry about, but they could be symptoms of something more serious. Diverticulosis is a hollowing out of the inside of the colon and it could be extremely serious. When you strain to poop, the lining of your colon can become weak and tear. About half of people over the age of 60 have this condition. What makes it serious is that poop can get stuck in these tears and seriously infect the patient.


Dr Oz: Diverticulitis vs Diverticulosis & Importance Of Fiber In Diet

Even though recent studies suggest that people with Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis may be able to eat popcorn, nuts and seeds, Dr Oz said it’s still a good idea to double check with your doctor. Your doctor knows your specific condition and can advise you on tricky foods like these.

When poop gets in the tears, it’s called Diverticulitis. The trapped poop can inflame and infect the tears, causing nausea, cramping, constipation and pressure.

Foods to Avoid with Diverticulitis (And Foods That Help!)

In the early 1900s, processed foods became much more available and the amount of fiber in the American diet went down significantly. That’s around the same time that these conditions began to be described.


Fiber is extremely important in helping to strengthen the colon and keep the lining from tearing. Water is important, too, because it helps to soften the poop.

It’s important to get 25 grams of fiber in your diet. Dr. Oz said that the average American woman gets only 10-12 grams of fiber in her diet. Fiber can get in your diet through supplements, but the best way is through foods rich in fiber like broccoli, quinoa, beans, grains and apples. Whole grains and oatmeal are also a great source of fiber.

Popcorn and Diverticulitis Are Safe? What About Nuts & Seeds?

Dr. Oz said that while doctors used to tell Diverticulitis and Diverticulosis patients that nuts, seeds and popcorn were bad for them, recent studies have not shown that to be the case. As always, make sure to check with your doctor, but these should be safe.

According to Dr Oz, eating nuts and seeds could be good because they are a great source of fiber. He said that most people chew them well before they get down through the digestive system.

Diverticulitis and Stress

Dr. Oz said that it’s also important to be a food detective and write down the foods you eat. This is so you can help identify what is adding to the pain and what foods seem to help. By doing this, you take charge of your own health and could improve your condition.  Another important factor to write down in your journal is how much stress you are under when your Diverticulitis acts up.  You are likely to find that stress plays a major role in your Diverticulitis flare-up’s.

So what triggers your Diverticulitis?  What makes it worse?  What helps?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and experiences so that we can all benefit from each other’s advice!



  1. Shirley Dalton says

    I have diverticulosis for 20yrs. I am eighty and in constant pain and constant constipation in the last fifteen yrs I’ve had 15colonoscopys and numerous enemas have to take laxatives every day Ca anyone please help me Thank You

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