Former Smokers Encouraged to Eat Well

Your Health Minute


Healthy eating can stave off the effects of smoking.

In Your Health Minute,

Former smokers may benefit by adding tomatoes and apples to their diets.

Johns Hopkins researchers found the natural decline in lung function was slower among former smokers as long as they regularly consumed apples and tomatoes.

The protective effect was found when study participants ate two or more fresh tomatoes a day or at least three portions of fresh fruit every day.

The research team assessed the diet and lung function of more than 650 adults in 2002, then repeated the tests a decade later.


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