Go for Fruits and Vegetables to Quit Smoking

Consumption of Milk, Water, fruits and vegetables worsened the taste of cigarettes, making it easier for smokers to quit the habit, revealed by the researchers at the Duke University Medical Center.

Joseph McClernon, an assistant research professor of medical psychiatry at the Duke Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research and lead researcher of the study said that the findings could lead to a ‘Quit Smoking Diet’ or to development of a gum or pill that makes cigarettes less palatable.

McClernon said , "With a few changes in their diet - consuming items that make cigarettes taste bad, Just as a cold glass of milk, and avoiding items that make cigarettes taste good, like a pint of beer- smokers can make quitting a bit easier".

The dairy products, such as milk or cheese, deteriorate the taste of cigarettes and non-caffeinated beverages, such as water or juice; and fruits and vegetables helps better to quit smoking.Alcoholic beverages, caffeinated beverages, such as tea, cola, coffee, and Non-vegetarian foods like meat, enhance the taste of cigarettes. The researchers said, “Smokers of menthol cigarettes were less likely to report that any foods or beverages altered the taste of cigarettes, a finding that suggests menthol covers up bad tastes stemming from items consumed with cigarettes”.

Jed E. Rose, director of the Duke center and the co-investigator said,” Identifying which components of foods and beverages ruin the taste of cigarettes could lead to new treatments to deter smoking”.

The researchers are at present looking on the prospect of using the chemical silver acetate, which is known to change the taste of cigarettes, to help smokers quit. The preservative could be given in the form of a gum or a lozenge as part of Rose added, "Every prevention treatment requires willpower. This approach alone will not work. It may make cigarettes less pleasant, but ultimately, if a person is longing a cigarette, he will start smoking again”.

The director urged that diet that diet changes should be used in blend with standard nicotine replacement therapy, such as the nicotine patch and nicotine gum, to help with withdrawal.

So, prefer fruits and green vegetables to quit smoking.

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