Smoking? Eat a Variety of Fruits, Veggies. Good Food Advice even if You Aren't a Smoker

September 1 2010

"Tobacco smoke contains a complex mixture of cancer causing agents. Therefore, a mixture of protective agents is needed to have any beneficial effect in reducing one's chance of lung cancer," says researcher.

The American Association for Cancer Research references research conducted by European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Findings indicate that you should add a mixture of cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale) to your diet to reduce your risk of lung cancer, whether you're a smoker or not.

I couldn't find a reference to specific fruits, although I'd guess the usual suspects that are high in antioxidants would be beneficial. These would include prunes, raisins, blueberries, strawberries and cherries. A good resource ranks antioxidant levels of fruits and veggies.

Of course, quitting smoking is your first line of defense. And avoiding second-hand smoke.

Category: Need to Know
Filed under: Food/Nutrition; Smoking, Cancer