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You Are What You Eat – And You May Prevent COVID-19 Depending What You Eat!

It’s no secret that a clean diet containing nutrient dense foods is optimal for one’s health and the body’s overall ability to function. Due to the mass spread of COVID-19, health and wellness has become more relevant to daily life and more present in the mouths of the general public than ever. A study done by a team of researches at Massachusetts General Hospital provides information that supports the idea that not only can individuals lower their risk of contracting COVID-19 by following a healthy (and primarily plant-based diet), but they can also significantly lower their risk of having severe COVID-19 or further complications from the illness if contracted.

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While the researchers still consider cooperation amongst the public in regards to getting vaccinated and wearing masks when in public spaces, they can’t help but notice a significant link between the dietary status of the people partaking in their nearly year long study and their susceptibility to COVID-19. To be precise, those that were considered to be eating healthiest had a 9% lower risk of contracting the virus, and a 41% lower risk of the virus and its complications becoming severe.

Though the primary intention of running this study was to address the global public health issue that is the COVID-19 pandemic, the acknowledgement of diet being an important factor in the defense against COVID-19 brought attention to an important social issue as well: food insecurity and a lack of access to healthy foods for many people. There was a direct correlation found in the study between the participants with the least healthy diets and “socioeconomic deprivation”. It’s absolutely necessary to consider that in order for people to eat healthy, they need access to healthy foods. Due to the rampant income inequality worldwide and lack of social safety nets in the United States in particular, it is very difficult for many, many people to get foods that allow them to achieve optimal levels of nutrition.

More often than not, even if certain unhealthy foods do have adequate macronutrients (most commonly they are high in fat and carbohydrates), they severely lack in micronutrients, thus causing them to earn their “unhealthy” status.

Nevertheless, this link between diet and COVID-19 acts as further proof that maintaining a healthy lifestyle (so long as one is financially capable of doing so), in the midst of a pandemic or not, is absolutely necessary for the body to effectively function whether it be for defense or performance.



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  1. clalvincycle

    Great post marcochondria! As you mentioned before, it may be difficult for people to follow a strictly healthy diet. World Health Organization offers some easily implemented tips that can help: 1) consuming less salt and sugar 2) drink more water 3) avoid alcohol. This article (—healthy-diet) from W.H.O. offers a more detailed explanation for each.

  2. lipidliv

    Great post! I did some research of my own and I do agree with you that there is a benefit of eating a healthy diet and COVID-19. Though the connection may be based on some hard evidence, I believe that the evidence is correct. As an article about “Can a healthy diet protect you against COVID-19″ says “We found that people with the highest quality diet were less likely to catch COVID-19 compared with those that had the worst quality diet, and impressively they were significantly less likely to get severe COVID-19 disease and go to the hospital,”

    Additionally, the article says “We were also able to show that the relationship between COVID-19 and diet was independent of other risk factors for COVID-19, including your age, your weight, your race, ethnicity, or other underlying health conditions,” This information completely changes the way we view a healthy diet. I am grateful you shared this article with us so that we all have a better understanding of the connection between COVID-19 and a healthy diet.


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