It is estimated that a third of the U.S. population will develop diverticulitis (small pockets that can form in the colon) by age 60. If infected, the pockets can lead to a more serious condition called diverticulitis. For years, patients with diverticulitis were told to avoid popcorn, nuts and corn because certain foods might be stuck in those little pockets and lead to infection. Now, a study of 47,000 men indicates that is just not the case.
Sapna Syngal, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, says, "To our surprise there was no association with nut, popcorn or corn intake and the development of diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding".
The Brigham and Women's team followed this study for about 18-years and found the men who ate popcorn, nuts and corn more than twice a week were no more likely to develop diverticulitis than those who rarely ate those foods.
The study appears this week in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.