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Foods to help you stop smoking

For once, it may be good to be a quitter – of tobacco, that is.

But kicking the habit is hard. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. For those who have tried medications like gum, patches or nasal sprays to no avail, a change in diet may lend some support by ruining your appetite for a cigarette.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, a Cleveland Clinic registered nurse says, "The foods that are going to make cigarettes taste bad are milk, water, fruits and vegetables. When they surveyed smokers, they said when they had these foods before having a cigarette, they didn't want the cigarette anymore."

A Duke University study revealed that consuming these foods and drinks altered the flavor of cigarettes.

Dairy products like milk make cigarettes taste bitter and unpleasant. Some people suggest dipping cigarettes in milk and letting them dry before smoked.

For those times you feel like lighting up, health experts also suggest keeping snacks handy, like string cheese or grapes. Also, reach for veggies that require a little more effort to chew.

"Smoking is [an] oral fixation that you have," says Kirkpatrick. "So what you want to do is you want to have foods that are very crunchy. Things that are actually going to work your jaw are going to taste good and be healthy as well. So, carrots, celery, those are great options."

And Kirkpatrick says there are some foods you should try to avoid if you're trying to quit smoking. Alcohol, caffeine, and meat are said to enhance the taste of cigarettes.

If you're having trouble kicking the habit, try these "taste" tips. They may help you achieve that healthier, smoke-free life.

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