"Smokers sometimes confuse hunger with the urge to smoke." Explained Jeffrey P. Haibach, a researcher in the Department of Community Health and healthy habits at the University of Buffalo (USA). So, if we get that feeling of satiety with foods that also have the ability to reduce tobacco appetite, will it be easier to stop smoking? This is what Haibach and his team analyzed in a study in which they concluded that smokers with a higher intake of fruits and vegetables smoked fewer cigarettes a day, expected more time to smoke their first cigarette of the day and showed a minor dependence on the NI Cotina on the evidence.
After interviewing more than 1,000 smokers over 25 years of age and tracking them 14 months later, researchers noted that those who incorporated more fruits and vegetables into their diet were three times more likely to quit smoking than I'm not. The relationship between diet and smoking was something that had already been identified in previous studies, but the doubt that had not been cleared was whether the consumption of fruits and vegetables increased as a result of quitting smoking or if, conversely , thanks to the improvements in the diet, it was able to reduce the habit, which is what concludes this study.
Foods that make tobacco taste worse (or better)
The reasons, they explain, can be varied: "That the fruits and vegetables achieve a dependence less to nicotine, that the fiber of these ingredients generates greater feeling of satiety...". But also "that these foods worsen the taste of tobacco".
Another previous study, also published in the Journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, investigated precisely in foods that could be part of a "smoking cessation diet" for making cigars less palatable or "the beginning for Creating a chewing gum or pill for this purpose. " "According to a study conducted by researchers at Duke University in North Carolina (USA), Some foods worsen the taste of cigarettes, including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products," explains the Endocrinóloga Julia Álvarez, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition section at the Príncipe de Asturias University Hospital in Alcalá de Henares.
On the contrary, he adds, "consuming abundant meat, alcohol or coffee produces the opposite effect, as it enhances its flavor, making smoking more attractive". A list of friends of cigarette smoking coincided with the study of the University of Buffalo.
"Improving the Diet," argues Haibach, "should be part of the recommendations to quit smoking," although it warns that these results should be taken cautiously, as more studies are needed "to identify mechanisms that explain how fruits and Vegetables can help smokers to quit. " Moreover, it should not be forgotten, as the Duke investigators point out, that "no treatment is 100% effective and everyone needs willpower". Without it, "this measure alone will not work to stop smoking: it can make cigarettes less appetizing, but in the end if a person wants to smoke he/she does likewise."
If a diet richer in these foods does not serve you at least to reduce your tobacco use, what is sure is that it will help reduce the impact that tobacco smoke has on your body. "Vitamin C is depleted faster in smokers," explained BuenaVida Andreu Palou, professor of biochemistry at the University of the Balearic Islands. Therefore, Giuseppe Russolillo, president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recommends increasing the intake of fruits such as tangerine, orange or grapefruit, and also the consumption of bioactive substances or vegetable phytochemicals, which are "in Whole grain Products, in all fruits and vegetables and vegetables, in nuts and legumes ".