International Desk: Since the start of the corona virus epidemic, there have been suggestions that certain foods or diets may protect against this infection, but are such claims credible? A recent study published in 'BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health' examined this concept. It found that health professionals who ate a vegetarian or vegan diet (which does not eat meat but eats fish) had a reduced risk of developing moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19. Also, this study found that those who said they ate a low-carbohydrate or high-protein diet were at higher risk of developing moderate to severe symptoms of covid-19.
This may make it appear that eating a vegetarian diet or eating fish reduces the risk of getting the covid-19 epidemic. But in reality things are not that easy. First it is important to note that the above diet has no effect on the initial risk of exposure to covid-19. The study does not say that diet changes the risk of becoming infected. Nor has it found any association between diet type and disease severity. The study only indicated a relationship between diet and the risk of having moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19. In this study, 3 from six Western countries, 000 health professionals participated and only 138 people had moderate to severe illness. It was found that only 41 vegetarians came in contact with the corona virus and only five people who ate fish were infected. Only a few of these people showed moderate to severe symptoms of covid-19. However, it is difficult to ascertain its actual outcome due to the very few people involved in the study. Another problem with this type of study is that it is only for observation, so it can only know what is happening and not know how diet is related to covid-19. What does this tell us?
The truth is that we don't have enough data when it comes to figuring out the best diet to protect against COVID-19, and the only problem with the results of this study is that it was done on very few people. Another issue is that the study did not take into account the quality of people's diets and how they were actually eating. For example, it does not contain information about how much fresh or prepackaged food a person is consuming. Therefore, if a diet is vegetarian or mixed, it does not become healthy. As of now, there is no solid evidence to suggest that being vegetarian or non-vegetarian protects against corona virus infection, so there is no need to rush diet changes based on the results of this study. However we know that by keeping ourselves active, Many health problems can be avoided by having a healthy diet and keeping track of weight and this includes COVID-19. Probably the best advice would be to eat a wide variety of foods mainly vegetables, fruits, pulses and grains.