Can Fruits and Vegetables Help You Quit Smoking?

July 5, 2012

A new study shows fruits and veggies may help with quitting smokingWell, if this isn’t a great reason to start eating more fruits and vegetables, I don’t know what is. Fruits and veggies are an important part of everyone’s daily diets, and now a new study is showing that it may just help smokers become non-smokers, Forbes reports.

The study explains that those who are looking to reduce their nicotine intake and curb smoking cravings, produce could be the answer.

According to the research and as Forbes states, “cigarette smokers who ate fruits and vegetables an average of 4 or more times per day were 3 times more likely to be tobacco free 14 months later, compared with those who ate fruits and vegetables fewer than 2 times per day.”

The study observed 1,000 smokers, 25-years-old and up, answered questions regarding their smoking habits and of course their diet of fruits and veggies. Those conducting the research then came back 14 months later to observe these same participants. They wanted to see if these particular smokers and study goers didn’t use tobacco in the months that passed.

Less nicotine dependence was demonstrated by those who ate more produce. This means, they were not as likely to smoke 20 or more cigarettes per day, or to grab a cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up.

Does this mean that cigarette smokers’ tend to consume fewer vegetables than non-smokers? According to Forbes, previous research illustrates that this is so.

Data has also revealed certain foods and drinks can cause smoking to leave a bad taste in mouths, like milk, dairy products and of course fruits and veggies. However, those who enjoy coffee, red meat and alcohol all make cigarettes taste that much better.

So, if you’re looking for a way to quit, fruits and veggies may be the answer. Also, you’ll become healthier by eating more produce.

-Allyson Koerner

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