Vegans ‘much less likely to contract severe COVID-19’

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People who follow plant-based diets ‘much less likely to contract severe Covid-19’, study suggests

Research finds a relationship between diet and vulnerability to coronavirus

Vegans ‘much less likely to contract severe COVID-19’ a new study suggests. A new study has found that people who follow a plant-based diet are considerably less likely to contract severe COVID-19.

According to the findings published in The BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, which examined data from healthcare workers with ‘substantial exposure’ to COVID-19 across six countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States), people who follow a plant-based diet are 73% less likely to be hit by COVID-19 while pescatarians were 59% less likely to become ill than those who eat red and white meat.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets appeared to be linked to an increased chance of contracting moderate to severe coronavirus.

The study consisted of a web-based questionnaire that sought to explore the relationship between respiratory disease and diet, polling 2,300 who had not had the virus and 568 who had.

Among those who had contracted Covid-19, 138 reported moderate to severe symptoms while 430 said they had suffered only a mild or a very mild form of the illness.

Participants were asked to consider the diet they had in the year before Covid and were given 11 choices: whole foods, plant-based diet, keto diet, vegetarian diet, Mediterranean diet, pescatarian diet, Palaeolithic diet, low-fat diet, low carbohydrate diet, high protein diet, and none of the above.

Among the 568 respondents who reported that they had previously been ill with coronavirus, only 41 said they had followed a plant-based diet while just 46 had become ill after pursuing a plant-based or pescatarian diet.

The authors, led by a team in the US, wrote: “In six countries, plant-based diets or pescatarian diets were associated with lower odds of moderate-to-severe Covid-19″.

“These dietary patterns may be considered for protection against severe Covid-19″.

The ‘plant-based diet’ group combined people who said they ate a plant-based diet with vegetarians, and those who said they followed a whole-foods diet.

Professor Francois Balloux of the UCL Genetics Institute said: “The study reports that doctors eating plant-based or pescatarian diets tend to be at significantly lower risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms upon infection”.

“The sample size is decent, and the analyses look competently performed. Further validation may be required to confirm a direct, causal link between diet and Covid-19 illness severity”.

“Indeed, unaccounted lifestyle variables correlated with diet might influence the general health of the subjects of the study, and hence how well they coped with Covid-19 infection.”

A plant-based diet contains plants such as vegetables, grains, nuts, and fruits, and foods made from plants, according to the Eatwell guide. Vegans do not eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs.

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