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!
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
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 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.
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.
I also have had to give up popcorn, nuts, etc. But I found a hull less popcorn that is really good. Comes in several different flavors. It is called Cosmos Creations. It is made in Junction City, Oregon. That I can eat. It is really good. Google it to read more about it.
Tiny but Mighty is safe for people with Diverticulitis!
My husband has this malady and has been hospitalized three times caused by foods with seeds. He hates that he can't eat some of his favorite seeded foods, but says it's not worth the pain that he has had and the times that he spent in the hospital, seven days each time.
I was 26 with my first episode of diverticulitis that was 12 years ago and Ive had it about 15 times since. Including being hospitalized for a home in my colon due to the diverticulitis. Every time I have had an issue it has been after trying popcorn again because a doctor told me theres no evidence of popcorn causing it. I beilieve my last 12 years has been evidence enough. I really wish someone would figure out a way for a hulless popcorn.
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!
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.
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.
I love the Fit and Active Cheddar Rice Cake Snacks from Aldi. They taste just like cheese popcorn!
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.
There are findings that say that popcorn and nuts are actually good for people with diverticulitis, not bad as doctors previously thought:
I love popcorn but don't love the pain of my diverticulitis episodes if I have a bowl. It's not worth the pain
Eating them right now and you are out.
fiber streches the colon and the feces clean it out as they go through so a high fiber diet does work to some degree but popcorn hulls are uniquely shaped so they fit right in the diverticuly pockets s they are ztill a problem.
As a 10 year sufferer, having had surgery and continued issues, I would not recommend popcorn or nuts. I had to learn the hard way. The pain and then the infections...... not worth it.
I was diagnose with diverticulosis at 41 after an episode of diverticulosis. Im suspicious of popcorn causing the illness. Doctors say there is no evidence of a certain diet or food causing it but there hasnt been too much research either. I used to eat it almost every night too. The night before I got ill I had corn and popcorn, I believe this triggered the diverticulitis, but I dont know how long I had diverticulosis without knowing it
I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in 1998 after about a year of ending up in ER of dehydration from vomiting I loved popcorn but I told my mom I would get bad pain after eating it that was in 1992-1993 area my doctor told me my mom was turning me into a hypercondriac when they did the colonoscopy in 1998 they said I had the colon of an 80 year old I was 37. I love popcorn but it scares the hell out of me I have eaten it in a moment of weakness but I take laxatives after word to fill and flush my colon, that being said I also love nuts there is one I eat often and dont have trouble as long as Im not constipated and moving well my favorite cashews and they are good for your colon I chew them until they are butter in my mouth and also I drink a lot a whole lot of water. Enjoy but pay close attention to whats going on with your colon. I hope this helps with your nut cravings. Cashews are a softer nut and that might be key here.
The idea that popcorn and most other did are bad for diverticulitis is outdated thank goodness. A high fiber diet should keep a lid on it. I add chia seeds and psyllium husks to my high-veg diet.