Nearly every time I ate popcorn from the age of 21 on, I noticed that I would get a pain in the lower right side of my abdomen. So most of my life I avoided popcorn, thinking it was bringing on minor appendicitis attacks.
In 2005, I forgot my lunch to work one day, and went down to the vending machines, bought a bag of popcorn, popped it in the microwave, and ate the whole thing. Eight hours later my husband called an ambulance, and when I got to the hospital, was diagnosed with a perforated small intestine at the ileum, where the valve was 75% scar tissue. All those undigestable popcorn hulls just backed up and tore me to shreds. Ended up with sepsis, and had four operations in three months. Until that day I did not even know I had CD. I was 59 years old at the time.
I know we're not all the same, but my advice to anyone with any intestinal problems would be to never eat popcorn. Consider not eating popcorn to be a small insurance policy to avoid what I and many others have experienced because of it.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in Sept '05. Meds are colestipol (bile binder) for my short intestines and immodium. Allergic to imuran, refused Humira. I watch the diet very carefully and try to eat only natural foods with no additives that were available to my Swedish and German ancestors prior to coming to USA. All food cooked from scratch. Also take probiotics.