Plant-based Diets Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Severity

Researchers surveyed frontline healthcare workers (HCW) from six countries in mid-2020. Each HCW was exposed to many COVID-19 patients. All participants (2884) provided demographic and dietary pattern information, and COVID-19 outcomes (568 cases). Those who reported following a “plant-based diet” or a "plant-based or pescatarian (includes fish) diet " their odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19 were 73% or 59% lower, respectively, when compared to those who consumed regular diets. Those who reported following “low carbohydrate, high protein diets” had a significantly greater chance of more severe symptoms. Dietary pattern did not seem to reduce the infection rate or duration of COVID-19--but it did influence severity. PositiveTip: Choose a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes and nuts, avoid poultry, red and processed meats. This may be helpful in controlling the severity of COVID-19.