Eating lots of fruit (and tomatoes) may help protect your lungs, especially if you used to smoke. Keeping your lungs healthy as you age is important when it comes to preventing chronic respiratory diseases. Researchers measured the lung function of more than 600 people and repeated the tests 10 years later. Participants also completed detailed surveys about their diets. Former smokers in the group who reported eating more than three servings of fresh fruit a day, or more than two tomatoes, had better lung function than those who ate less than one tomato or less than one serving of fruit a day. Researchers controlled for age, physical activity level, body mass index, and other variables. Apples and tomatoes seemed to be especially protective. Cooked or processed forms of tomato and fruit didn’t have the same effects, however.
Source: Dietary antioxidants and 10-year lung function decline in adults from the ECRHS survey
“Apples, grapes…. any kind of fruit gives me energy that I need to get through my busy day.” Kristin Chenoweth