Diverticulosis: Seeds and Nuts Not Off the Menu

August 13, 2013

Research suggests that consuming seeds and nuts carries no increased risk of diverticulitis.

Consumption of nuts and seeds is a relative contraindication in patients with diverticulosis.

a. True
b. False

Answer: FALSE


In the past, many physicians recommended avoidance of seeds and nuts because of the possibility that tiny particles would become lodged in a diverticulum, leading to acute diverticulitis. To date, however, there has been no evidence to support this. In fact, research suggests that consuming such foods carries no increased risk of diverticulitis.