In short, yes.
It's also important to consider the various definitions and disease stages when discussing this condition affecting the diverticula of the colon:
- Diverticular disease and diverticulitis are related digestive conditions that affect the large intestine.
- Diverticulosis is not the same as diverticular disease as it only refers to the presence of diverticula (which are small bulges/pockets that develop in the lining of the large intestine) and most people with diverticulosis will go on living without symptoms or developing diverticular disease.
- When diverticula cause symptoms, such as lower abdominal pain, bloating, change in bowel movement and mucus or blood in the stool - this is referred to as Diverticular Disease.
- Diverticulitis refers to the condition that occurs when a single diverticulum or several diverticula become inflamed or infected.
Most people with diverticular disease will not have complications and can carry on with their lives as normal and can enjoy a healthy, balanced diet with no restrictions.
Some outdated advice found on the internet still wrongly states that people with diverticular disease should avoid fibre, in particular in the form of nuts and seeds as it was thought that these foods were likely to 'lodge' in the diverticula and cause diverticular disease and diverticulitis.
This is not the case and this has been proven wrong, so these foods can be consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Following a medical diagnosis of diverticular disease, it is advised that a healthy, balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables is followed.
Aim for at least 5 portions of vegetables and fruits (mostly vegetables) as these will help you achieve the target of 30g of fibre per day.
Please also drink plenty of fluids as this will also help with any potential side effects of diverticular disease and keep you hydrated.
A serving of Purition also contains an impressive 7 grams of fibre, and it can be a valuable addition to your diet, as high fibre diet can often ease and manage symptoms of diverticular disease.
It is recommended to gradually increase your fibre intake over the course of a few weeks, this will prevent side effects associated with a high fibre diet such as boating and flatulence.
So, perhaps start with a serving of Purition (40g) every other day for the first week and then work your way up to a serving per day for the following week and thereafter.
We also had feedback from our customers with diverticular disease, who reported that they get on very well with Purition, but of course, everybody is different and it is worth trying our single serving sachets to see how you get on with Purition - you can find them here.
If your GP or dietitian made specific recommendations for you to temporarily avoid eating nuts after a bout of diverticulitis, please refer to them for further advice.
Try some samples:
Nutrition at a glance:
Article written by Barbara Usak - ANutr (Registered Associate Nutritionist)