Eat Fruit To Help Stop Smoking
8 June 2012 | Admin
People wanting to kick the habit are three times more likely to succeed if they eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, a study shows.
Smokers with higher fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke in the mornings and scored lower in nicotine dependence tests.The results – which were taken from 1,000 smokers over 14 months – were consistent for people of all ages, genders, race and backgrounds.
‘We may have identified a new tool that can help people quit smoking,’ said Jeffrey Haibach, who led the research. ‘It is also possible that fruit and vegetables give people a feeling of fullness so they feel less of a need to smoke.’Unlike some foods which enhance the taste of tobacco – such as meat, fizzy drinks and alcohol – fruit and vegetables actually make it taste worse.
Mr Haibach added: ‘We certainly need to continue efforts to encourage people to quit and help them succeed, including policies such as tobacco tax increases and media campaigns.’The research, carried out at the University at Buffalo in New York state, was published in science journal Nicotine And Tobacco Research.