There are diets that can defeat the Covid. Vegans e pescatarians (i.e. vegans who also eat fish) may be less likely to get seriously ill with coronavirus. This is the result of the new study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, an American journal specializing in nutrition. The survey involved health workers from six countries, including over 2,300 who hadn’t had COVID and 568 who had been infected. Of those who claimed to have previously had the coronavirus, 46 said they followed a plant-based or pescatarian diet. A total of 138 reported having moderate to severe symptoms, while 430 had mild to very mild disease.
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Research – Six different countries were involved in the study, including the UK. And the data showed that those who followed plant-based diets were 73% less likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms. While people who ate fish, but not meat, had a 59% lower chance of becoming seriously ill from Covid. On the other hand, the case of people who followed a low-carbohydrate and high-protein diet was different: they were more likely to become seriously ill from the virus.
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I dubbi – The study was carried out on the basis of the statements of the people involved. There was therefore no certainty that they followed a particular diet. “This study attempts to answer this question, but there are a number of limitations that need to be considered,” Professor Francois Balloux, of the UCL Genetics Institute, explains to Sky News. demonstrated that self-reported dietary intake is unreliable ». But Professor Balloux added that ‘the sample size is sufficient and the analyzes appear to be performed competently’.
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The trend – Health (76%) and ethical (63%) reasons are the main reasons of consumer interest in plant-based foods: this is the survey conducted by the plant-based products group of Unione Italiana Food and supported by an Ipsos research. Almost 1 in 3 Italians (29%) say they intend to introduce “veg” burgers (or similar food products) into their diet. Finally, almost 2 out of 3 Italians say they are interested in sustainability and 3 out of 4 Italians say they are willing to pay more for an eco-friendly product.