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Today I will delight in such pleasure once again by screaming loudly from the roof of our little clinic,
"Eating nuts, popcorn and seeds will
NOT increase your risk of Diverticulitis!"I don't care what your doctor or your gastroenterologist (Ms. Sharp) said; this is one of those medical myths that just won't die, but really needs to... You would think that a concept such as nut-and-seed-induced diverticulitis would have quickly fallen by the wayside in the face of the overwhelming research findings against it, and with absolutely no research supporting the false idea. There are many such medical myths, widely believed by both doctors and patients, sadly, the doctors often profit from such myths while the patients sometimes suffer.
I have to admit it seems to make common-sense, popcorn pieces and little seeds would seem to stop up the openings of those little out-pouches in the large intestine called diverticuli. Once stopped up, the little pouch would become inflamed and lead to an attack of diverticulitis. For several years I thoughtlessly repeated this medical myth to my own patients. This is a perfect example of how a Medical Myth is created and perpetuated, without any real supporting facts. This idea/mental image seemed to make so much sense, it must be true. Well guess what? Not only is this Medical Myth untrue, it appears that the exact opposite is true, according to a very large study, eating seeds, nuts and popcorn actually decreases one's risk of having diverticulitis.
This study was published a few years ago but evidently many doctors didn't get the memo. At least once per week, while explaining to a patient what a healthy diet actually is, I am interrupted at my suggestion that eating nuts and seeds is very healthy by the patient's indignant admonition that their GI Doctor told them to never eat nuts, seeds or popcorn. As you might imagine, this places a stumbling block in the path of our continued discussion of what a healthy diet actually is...
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But still, I have patients returning from their visits with a gastroenterologist reporting they have been told to avoid food containing nuts and seeds. I would encourage anyone about to keep an appointment with a gastroenterologist to print out a copy of this study and take with them in order to educate the doctor just in case they are given such "advice". So, what did this very large, very long study find actually caused diverticulitis? That's a very good question.
So now we know; and wasn't that fun?
Please forward this message to any friend or relative who is currently afraid to enjoy a tasty, healthy snack containing popcorn, nuts or seeds, their colon will thank you!