Munch on this list of foods to help you quit.
If you are a smoker who is gradually cutting down your smoking, food can play a role in whether or not you’re successful. That’s because certain foods can affect the taste of cigarettes, making them taste bad and discouraging you from smoking. Food also gives you something to do with your hands, thereby replacing the habit of smoking with the act of eating. So which foods can help? Several studies have shown certain types of edibles have been helpful for smokers trying to kick the butt. While food may not affect everyone’s taste buds when it comes to cigarettes, why not try using your diet as another way to help you quit?
Here’s a list of foods to help you quit:
- Milk & dairy products – Many people find that consuming dairy beverages and foods can make cigarettes taste bad. However, dairy can be high in saturated fat, so watch your intake and try low-fat options.
- Fruits & Veggies – Many vegetables are known to negatively affect the taste of cigarettes, such as zucchini, cucumber, and eggplant. Healthy snacks like apples, carrots, and celery sticks are also a great way to help satisfy nicotine cravings and give your mouth and hands something else to do instead of smoking a ciggie. Another plus? Fruits and vegetables are super nutritious for you!
- Non-caffeinated beverages – Like the above items, drinks like water and juice can make cigarettes taste worse. If you go with juice, make sure to choose no or low-calorie/sugar drinks to keep healthy.
- Sugar–free candy – Gum, lollipops, breath mints and hard candy are good options to keep your mouth preoccupied.
- Non-spicy and sugary foods – Spicy and sugary foods act as a smoking trigger for some people, so opt for the opposite!
For many smokers, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages and meat make cigarettes taste better, so stay away from them. Instead, try experimenting with the above foods to help you quit to see how they affect your taste buds after you smoke. And when certain items make cigarettes taste bad, eat more of them to help stop you from picking up a pack.
Once you’ve finally quit for good, keep up the healthy eating! A study published in the journal, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, found that people who ate the most produce in the study were three times more likely to report that they’d been tobacco free in the previous month than those who ate the least produce. And don’t forget that your taste buds will come back to life when you go smokefree and make food so much more enjoyable.
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