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Former smoker? Eat tomatoes, apples and bananas

Former smokers who ate more than two fresh tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit a day, especially apples and bananas, saw a slower decline in lung function than those who got less fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.

The study conducted lung-function tests on 650 adult former smokers and non-smokers over 10 years. The fresh-fruit, fresh-vegetable diet slowed the decline in lung function and helped repair lung damage in former smokers, and slowed the natural lung-aging process in those who had never smoked. Doctors said the findings suggest eating fresh fruits and fresh vegetables may help reduce chances of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

 

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