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Best Food to Help You Quit Smoking

Updated on June 23, 2010

Do you really want to quit smoking? If the answer is yes, so it's time to consume more vegetables, decrease meat, and change your cup of coffee with a glass of milk. Those foods will help you with your struggle.

A study in the Duke University found that fruits, vegetables, and dairy products can make cigarettes seem taste bad. Whereas on the other hand, foods like meat, coffee, and alcoholic beverages will make smoking taste more enjoyable, said F. Joseph McClernon, PhD, a psychologist from Duke University.

An old concept said that the content of nicotine inside cigarettes was the only causes of addiction. "However, we had studied it more deeply. And apparently addicted to cigarettes can also be caused by taste sensor, smell, vision, and smoking habits, "said McClernon.

Studies conducted on 209 smokers aged 21 years and have a habit of smoking at least one pack of cigarettes every day. They were asked to write down a list of foods that can increase and reduce their smoking pleasure. Apparently, almost 70% of smokers claimed that beverages with caffeine content, alcohol and meats will make cigarettes taste more delicious.

But oddly enough, 45% of smokers also told some foods, like fruits, vegetables, beverages without caffeine content (like water and juice), and dairy products, can actually make their cigarettes taste bad. These findings convinced us that those kind of foods really can affect the taste of cigarettes and it will make you quit smoking faster.

Here are 3 types of food that will help you quit smoking :

Pomegranate fruit
Pomegranate fruit

1. Milk and the dairy products

Milk will make the cigarettes tasteless. After had a glass of milk, you can not enjoy cigarettes with the same sensation and satisfaction. Milk will kill the cigarettes' taste.

Try this : Dip your cigarette into the milk. Let it dry and try to smoke it. This trick can be used to help you quit smoking. You won't like the taste.

2. Orange juice

When someone has a smoking habit, he or she will lose the intake the vitamin C in a large amount. And usually the body will adapt these conditions and replacing them with some unnatural elements from nicotine.

So, if you want to be free from smoking habit faster, it is important to start consuming more vitamin C. Orange, lemon, black currant, pomegranate, and other fruits with vitamin C are great for people with nicotine addiction.

3. Celery

With other vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, beans, and even cucumbers can also affect the taste of cigarettes. Consuming these vegetables will reduce the addiction to nicotine (note: you must be free of alcohol). Chewing celery stalk will prevent us from craving or addiction.

If you don't like celery, you can replace it with carrot. But, do not eat too many sweet vegetables, because the excess amount of glucose will activate parts of the brain that cause a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. In other words, the glucose will keep you addicted.

I hope those foods will help you to quit from smoking habit. Beside that, don't forget to consume high fiber foods and exercise regularly.


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      stop smoking 6 years ago

      My guess the easiest way to quit smoking is to use NRT or other natural products, most people will fail going cold turkey.

      NRT is however no magic cure to stop smoking and although the patch, gum, inhaler and spray may work for one smoker they will not work for every smoker. For some people finding additional support in the form of group counseling or one-on-one counseling can make a big difference between giving up smoking temporarily or permanently.

      For more advice, one should talk to their doctor and he or she should be able to direct you to a group in your local area.

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      febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

      ankigarg87, thank's

      Quitsmokinghubs,you're most welcome. Smoking will not just make our health deteriorate but will make people around us suffer too.

      ebrenda123, thank's for visiting, Yes, you're absolutely right, fruit and veggie are the best.

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      ebrenda123 6 years ago from West Palm Beach, FL

      I'll be buying my Mom more fruit and vegetables, so she can quit smoking and eat healthy too! Thanks for sharing!!

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      ankigarg87 6 years ago

      very nice and informative article !

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      KKalmes, tio12, and linky2010, thank you for visiting!

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      linky2010 7 years ago

      Great article, hope it would help other smokers to quit smoking for good.

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      Rudy Herdyantio 7 years ago from Indonesia

      This information is very useful for me, thank's for sharing!

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      KKalmes 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      febriedethan, hello, how are you? I found the easiest way to quit is to never start... thank you for helpful suggestions I can share with my sons.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Fucsia, thank you for stopping by, you're right, drink some tea is also wonderful. Congratulation for your success of quit smoking!

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      I stopped smoking but I always read something on this argument because it keeps me happy with my choice and reinforces my motivation.

      Also drink some tea relaxing and purifying can be useful.

      Good luck (or... good healthy!) to all people who want quitting smoking!

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      DeBorrah, you're welcome. My dad was a smoker too 12 years ago, and now he's free of smoking and get healthier. Thank you for visiting, God Bless You.

      Habee, nice to have you here, I believe you can do that. Good luck!!

      Judydianne, thank you Ma'am.

      Hello, hello, you're welcome my friend.

      Thank you all for visiting, have a great day!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      very interesting and helpful advice. Thank you

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      What an interesting concept! I don't smoke but know people that do. Will pass on the information!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for these! I'm trying to stop smoking now!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Friedethan, Exellent hub! These are some Great healthy recommended suggestions for helping those struggling with quitting smoking! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!