Maybe no one is as blasé about the value of nutrition as children are, and understanding why is easy. A child’s experience with the disease is often limited to colds and other benign infectious diseases.

They give little thought to the chronic diseases that adults fear most, the disease where nutrition is most likely to play a role.

But now it appears that nutrition does affect at least one disease that strikes children and young adults far more than older people.

Of all possible dietary explanations for appendicitis, a low fiber intake has been suspected most.

Some show that children who develop appendicitis eat less fiber.

That children who had eaten the diets richest in fiber were only half as likely to develop the disease.

Go for the green. These vegetables affect the bacteria in the appendix.

In a way that helps protect against the infection.


Working each to keep Cholesterol at Bay

The apple is rich in the soluble form of fiber. Help to prevent sharp swings in your blood sugar level.

Of course, it takes more than an apple a day to reap the benefits of a diet rich in soluble fiber.

But if you usually eat lots of fruits and vegetables, you’re probably taking in enough soluble fiber to make a difference.

Dentists have long advocated apples for their possible tooth-cleaning properties.

Apples do help clear away food debris. Presumably, this helps to prevent tooth decay. The fruit should be firm, fragrant, and free from bruises. Look for apples that are bright in color.

If you want to keep apples for a long time, gently place them in a plastic bag and spray with water from a plant mister once a week. They may last four to six weeks this way, depending on the variety.

Kitchen tips: Once you cut raw apples, by the way, toss the pieces in a little lemon juice to discourage browning.*