Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but smokers trying to quit their habit may find them especially helpful.
A recent Duke University study found that consuming fruits, vegetables, dairy and water made cigarettes taste bad. On the other hand, drinking alcohol and coffee as well as eating meat was found to make cigarettes taste even better.
These findings may lead to a "Quit Smoking Diet" or even a taste altering gum or lozenge to deter smokers from lighting up, said lead researcher Joseph McClernon.
While 70 percent of about 44 millions Americans who smoke want to quit, only five percent succeeded last year, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. But McClernon is hopeful that eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones will help increase those numbers.
"With a few modifications to their diet -- consuming items that make cigarettes taste bad, such as a cold glass of milk, and avoiding items that make cigarettes taste good, like a pint of beer -- smokers can make quitting a bit easier," McClernon said.