Q. Researchers have wondered for years why appendicitis is relatively rare in places like Africa & Asia, while in the United States it’s extremely common. It could be because people in those places eat tremendous quantities of this.
A. “There’s always been speculation that high-fiber diets protect against appendicitis,” says David G. Addiss, M.D., medical epidemiologist for the division of parasitic disease at the CDC & Prevention in Atlanta. People in Asia eat tremendous quantities of fruits, vegetables, whole grains & other high-fiber rich foods.