The appendix is an inflammation caused by a blockage in the appendix, a small hose-shaped structure that attaches to the initial part of the large intestine. This blockage is usually caused by feces, foreign objects, or even cancer cells. But there is an assumption that eating guava or any fruit seeds that are ingested can cause appendicitis. Is that right?
Can eating guava or other fruit seeds cause appendicitis?
Basically, food is not the direct cause of appendicitis. However, blockage of the appendix which is then inflamed can occur due to a buildup of certain foods that are not destroyed when ingested. For example, chili seeds or popcorn seeds that are in fact in the form of mini may not be destroyed along with other foods so that it can clog the intestines for a long time, and eventually cause appendicitis.
Small pieces of food can block the surface of the cavity that runs along the appendix. This blockage can then become a new home for bacteria to breed. This can eventually lead to swelling and formation of pus in the appendix.
However, according to a study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, there is very little risk for guava (whose seeds are in fact just as small as chilli seeds) or other fruit seeds to cause appendicitis. The study conducted by Omer Engin and his team even found only one case of appendicitis caused by fruit seeds, from a total of nearly 2000 cases studied. That means, your risk of experiencing appendicitis due to eating guava or other fruit seeds (whether intentionally or not) is only 0.05 percent.
This is because the human digestive system already has a special way to crush the food that enters. Namely with digestive enzymes that are acidic. After chewing in the mouth, the food will then be destroyed by the enzyme. So, technically you really can't get appendicitis just because you eat something.
There must be a lot of non-broken foods that accumulate or accumulate in the intestine, then inflammation of the appendix can occur. In other words, just one meal will not immediately cause appendicitis. However, this research also concludes that avoiding eating too often foods that are difficult to break down when ingested can prevent you from inflammation of the appendix.
The risk of appendicitis can increase if you have a family history of appendicitis
Aside from being blocked by faeces or foreign matter, genetic factors also contribute to the emergence of acute appendicitis. Basta et al. shows the risk of appendicitis in children who have at least a family member who has or has appendicitis, a tenfold increase compared to children from families free of appendicitis.
Furthermore Basta et al. also found that the offspring of appendicitis in the family might be related to blood groups related to the inheritance of the HLA system (human leukocyte antigen). They found that blood type A had a higher risk of developing appendicitis than group O.
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