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How can I avoid irritation from seeded fruit and nuts?

I love, love strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.  However, I cannot eat or blend them enough to solve my problem.  My gut just doesn't digest the fruit and seeds well enough. It is not diverticula that is the problem. I have diarrhea often and the seeds make severe irritation. (Please forgive the grossness.)  Is there a solution to this problem so I can enjoy these yummy fruits and the nutrition they bring?  Perhaps combining them with some other food that will "buffer" the effect?  Alas, are there other foods that provide the same nutrition as fruits and nuts?

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4 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

Linda -
This is something you should probably discuss with your Dr. or a gastroenterologist who can help determine the underlying cause.
Aside from diverticulosis/diverticulitis, I am not aware of a GI disorder that is sensitive to berries and their seeds.
I have heard before that some people are sensitive to certain pesticides or herbicides so if you are not using organic produce then I'd for sure switch to it. You may also have a specific food intolerance or allergy that is triggered by compounds in the berries and nuts.
I'm not sure I'd call it a "buffer", but when you add banana and avocado, this helps bind the ingredients in a Blast to make it more smooth.
When thinking of replacements, a good guide is often color -these are the phytochemicals that make up the fruit/veggie. So for red/purple berries try some beets, dried goji berries, tomato or watermelon, purple grapes (seedless), plums, or black beans. Blueberries are great if you can eat those without issues.
For protein and healthy fats that are found in nuts - maybe some hemp, chia or flax seeds will work!

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Thank you for your information. I do use blueberries a great deal as they don't bother my digestion. My gastroenterologist put me on cholestepol but recently I've been unable to afford it. This medication binds the acid in foods so they don't irritate me when "exiting." Can you give me a list of foods that I should avoid due to the acid they have or produce? When I was on the Atkins Diet, I had less trouble with all of this so I'm assuming protein plays a big part in reducing the problem. I have recently started using tofu in some of my recipes but I'm afraid it is causing some problems. What is your take on tofu?
Here is a chart with acidic and alkaline based foods: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5165/Alkaline-Acidic-Foods-Chart-The-pH-Spectrum.html I like tofu as a good source of protein for non-meat eaters, but I would suggest eating only a 1-2 times per week and only buying organic, sprouted tofu. I would also suggest keeping a food journal so you can track foods and symptoms. You may be able to find a pattern with foods and negative symptoms.
I just purchased my 900 Nutribullet, and I have a problem with Gastroparesis, Diverticulosis/itis, GERD (I had a Fundoplication) and was wondering what I can use to help with Hypoglycemia tendencies. I have gained weight due to the Gastroparesis and have to watch drinking at night, as the liquid tends to come up. I would like to eat healthier with the Bullet for nutrician and vitamins, without eating them whole. I am 64 years old and would like to be as healthy as possible. Thank you, Josette
The best thing to help with hypoglycemia is focusing on complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and clean sources of protein. Having a balanced meal can help control blood sugar as well. Include foods like squash, sweet potato, quinoa, farrow, whole rolled oats, amaranth, coconut oil, hemp seeds, avocado, tahini, fish, eggs, chicken and turkey. Aim to have your plate filled with half vegetables, 1/4 protein and 1/4 complex carbohydrates. If you are making a Blast I would suggest using a vegan protein powder like sunwarrior or garden of life raw protein. This will help increase protein content of your Blast. Use half veggies and some of the foods listed above. Aim to use low glycemic index fruits like blueberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, apples, pears, apricots, grapefruits and figs. Keep me posted!
You should test for food sensitivities.

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