If you’re trying to stop smoking, it may be just a matter of improving your fruit and vegetable intake. A new study published in the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research assessed 1,000 smokers all 25 and older to determine whether or not what they ate would be able to keep them from smoking.

Researchers followed up with the participants 14 months later and asked if they has smoked in the previous month.

The study showed smokers who ate much more produce were three times more likely to not have smoked. Over at the Huffington Post it was noted that eating more fruits and veggies makes people feel fuller faster, therefore decreasing their dependency on nicotine. It should also be said that fruits and veggies make the taste of a cigarette worse, when compared to meat, alcohol, and coffee.

Jeffrey P. Haibach, MPH, a graduate research assistant in the UB Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, made this statement. “Granted, this is just an observational study, but improving one’s diet may facilitate quitting.”

Do you think the types of food you eat have an affect on whether or not smoking persists?


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