Diverticulosis develops when small pouches, diverticula, form in the lining of the intestine. Often, doctors prescribe certain foods to help treat the symptoms of the condition. Likewise, they may provide their patients with a list of foods to avoid; these items are notorious for causing more severe symptoms of diverticulosis. Avoiding these foods will not cure the condition, but can prevent flareups and some unnecessary pain.
For decades, the scientific community, as well as health professionals and patients, has recommended that people with diverticulosis avoid popcorn. The popular snack food contains small seeds that can lodge in the diverticula, causing inflammation and worsening symptoms. However, modern science also cites a lack of correlation between such foods and diverticulosis. As such, there is currently no consensus regarding this food.
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