Can an Apple a Day Keep COPD Away?

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for everyone — and may even help current and former smokers avoid chronic lung disease, a new investigation reveals.

Apples, pears, green leafy vegetables and peppers appear to offer protection against COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), said researchers led by Joanna Kaluza, of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland.

And the more servings of fruits and vegetables consumed regularly, the greater the protection, Kaluza and her colleagues found.

Findings from this large study appear in the Feb. 22 issue of Thorax.

The study can’t actually prove that diet prevents the debilitating lung disease.

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