Safe Popcorn for Someone With Diverticulitis?

My Dad has diverticulitis (seed kernels are bad) and popcorn was always his number 1 favorite food. I saw "safe popcorn" on a website the other day and ordered it because it said it was just the ticket for people with diverticulitis. Since then I have began to wonder if it is really safe. They say nothing is virtually hulless. And they said to pop the corn and put water in it to see if any husks float up. The brand is Lady Finger. Just wondering if anyone with this malady has been brave enough to try this popcorn and what the results were. Please help soon!

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lori macDonald from Marion, AR

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September 15, 20060 found this helpful

I, too, have(it doesn't go away- but does get better)this. If the inflammation has settled down- it is better to leave popcorn, corn, seeds that are not processed, coconut, nuts completely OUT of your diet. If you experienced any pain as I did- no food is worth that and 7 days in the hospital plus over a year trying to get back to normal. Good luck, Patty

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September 15, 20060 found this helpful

Lori: I forgot to tell you that popcorn was my favorite, too, but I haven't eaten it for over 5 yrs. There is really no safe popcorn or nuts or hard seeds! Grease and whole kernel corn are no-no's, too! Believe me, the consequences are not worth it! Again, I wish you good luck! Patty

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September 15, 20060 found this helpful

I too have had diverticulitis, and I was shocked by all the foods that were deemed off limits! I have talked to doctors since then that have said and by process of elimination, I have concluded that it is not what you eliminate from your diet, but what you ADD! Fiber--lots of fiber! And my doctor has said you can't get too much fiber. Just be sure to add it slowly to your diet or you will be very uncomfortable. I take some stuff from Vitamin Shoppe called Fiber Force that has been a miracle! I can now eat popcorn as long as I have my daily fiber, just eat in moderation (as with anything), and you should be alright. Also, check out www.drweil.com and do a search on diverticulitis, and see what he has to say about it. Good luck!

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September 15, 20060 found this helpful

I had diverticulitis but had the operation.When I had the problem it did'nt matter what I ate the problem would pop up.Sometimes a food would cause the problem and the next time it would'nt.When I was first diagnose with diverticulitis over 50 years ago I was told not to eat any thing with seeds or fiber.When I had the operation about 10 years ago the doctors told me that information no longer holds true.Eat fiber and nuts but stay away from creamy item.

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September 15, 20060 found this helpful

Patty I thank you for writing and taking the time to tell me about this issue. I received the hulless popcorn yesterday and did the water test today on it as I had read. All I saw was a bunch of hulls. Dad was a nightly popcorn fanatic pre-diverticulitis. Both my parents had this. I am wondering if I am predisposed to getting this, or if how often he ate it was really the key in this. Guess thats a doctor question. You said you loved popcorn a lot too, did you eat it like every night? I appreciate your advice. Thank you so much for your time.

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September 16, 20060 found this helpful

thank you Jennifer for the feedback. I was very excited when I read about you introducing fiber into your diet as monitored by your doctor. I called my dad and had him and the stepmom on the phones at the same time. (He's 78 and forgetful, lol.) I said she is listening cuz you have a bad memory. Read him the info plus more info I googled off of yahoo search engine since you brought up fiber intake. Wow, we couldn't believe it. I could hear the excitement in my Dad's voice and even my stepmom's. Had them write down what was necessary. Her daughter can google the same websites and print off stuff for them to take to the doctor. Like i told my Dad you have to help to doctor yourself seems like, the docs are too busy for every little symptom in all their patients. So, I want them to take the hard copy in for the doctor to see at his scheduled appointment in less than 2 weeks. And like I told him, introduce the fiber slowly and get your doctor's okay. And I told him MODERATION is the key word. because he used to eat it every single night for his supper and I told him you can't do that. I don't remember when I have heard that much excitement out of Dad in years! So, looks like we have hit one out of the ballpark!! He's just gotta play moderatation. He said he sure appreciated all that I am doing, but without everyone's help it wouldn't be possible. So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for my Daddy.

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September 16, 20060 found this helpful

I love the Fit and Active Cheddar Rice Cake Snacks from Aldi. They taste just like cheese popcorn!

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November 4, 20060 found this helpful

There is a "safe popcorn" out there, but I can't remember the name. I've tried it, it comes in a caramel version and a butter version. It's not really popcorn, basically it's like Corn Pops cereal but more "popcorn" tasting and a little softer. Since it's not real popcorn there are no hard parts. It's really good if you can find it, just watch out for the calories.

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September 26, 20080 found this helpful

I got diverticulitis at the age of 42. I loved all kinds of nuts. There was a time I just had baked peanuts as my lunch meal and I didn't even drink water. After that incident, was rushed to emergency due to severe abdominal pains and the finding was diverticulitis. I added up more fiber now on my diet and so far.. i am back to healthy and normal life. I just wonder if Icould eat nuts again but maybe should chew it thoroughly and drink more water. I wanted to do it but I am afraid of having the attack of diverticulitis. Too bad for me coz nuts used to be part of my daily diet.

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

There are findings that say that popcorn and nuts are actually good for people with diverticulitis, not bad as doctors previously thought:

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/DDWMeeting/tb/5702

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March 11, 20160 found this helpful

I love popcorn but don't love the pain of my diverticulitis episodes if I have a bowl. It's not worth the pain

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