Posted by: Maxine | 2004/10/12

Diverticulosis and tomatoes

I have diverticulosis and would like to know if it is safe to eat tomatoes. Some people say yes and others no. What is the truth??
Thanks for your time

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Dear Maxine
Generally speaking any foods that contain small, hard to digest pieces like pips should be avoided if you have diverticulosis. You can remove the pips from tomatoes and eat the flesh, or strain canned tomato mix to remove the pips. Tomato puree and sauce is not a problem. Other foods to avoid include guavas, berries and berry jams, figs (fresh and dry) and any other fruit that contains pips that you swallow. The pips can get stuck in the diverticulitis sites in the gut and cause pain and problems.
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