The saying goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and new research is adding another red fruit to the phrase.
Tomatoes may help repair lungs damaged by smoking and slow the natural decline in lung health.
Scientists kept tabs on the lungs of 680 adults over a 10-year period and recently published their findings in the European respiratory journal.
They found the natural rate of lung decline was slower for people who ate two tomatoes a day or three servings of other fresh fruit especially apples,compared to those who didn’t.
This diet also seemed to reverse lung damage for smokers.
The study found that eating processed fruits such as tomato sauce didn’t carry the same benefits.
Researchers suggest that those at risk of respiratory diseases should eat more fresh fruit every day.
Other studies have linked tomatoes to a lower risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.
For United News International, I’m Cambrie Caldwell.