Nuts may prevent diverticulitis

nuts and seeds prevent diverticulitisIn contrast to what has been often said that nuts and foods with small seeds may cause intestinal complications, it has now been discovered that nuts, in fact, help in prevention of Diverticulitis.

Diverticular disease is a common digestive disorder, typically associated with nuts, popcorn and seeds, and people with colon disease are usually advised to stay away from such foods so as to prevent painful attacks.

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, suggests that eating nuts decreases the risk of complications associated with the disease, apart from preventing the onset of Diverticulitis in the first place.

In the United States, about one-third of Americans over the age 60, are reported to have been developing Diverticulitis (intestinal inflammation), which leads to severe abdominal pain, resulting in rupturing of small pouches in the colon, called diverticuli.

The study, which is also the first large-scale study about the matter, was carried out by scientists who analyzed data of about 47,000 men in the age group 40 to 75, who had no history of diverticulitis during the start of the study. The data used was from the Havard School of Public Health study.

Men who ate nuts twice a week or more, were at a 20 percent lower risk of developing the disease than those who ate least or no nuts at all. Also, men who ate popcorn at least twice a week were at 28 percent lower risk of falling prey to the disease.

Researcher Lisa L. Strate, MD, MPH, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, says “In contrary to the current suggestions, we found that consumption of these foods does not increase diverticulitis or diverticular bleeding and did not appear to increase the risk of developing diverticulitis or its complications.”

The scientists thus concluded that nuts, corn and popcorn actually decreases the risks associated with Diverticular Disease.