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DARK SIDE OF THE SPOON: COVID-19 OUTCOMES AND DIET TYPE

Updated: Apr 9, 2022

This article is dedicated to all those who have been affected by COVID-19.

Could your diet affect your chances of getting severely sick with COVID-19? We already know that the risk of having severe complications from COVID-19 are strongly associated with obesity, hypertension, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. We also know that nutrition plays a large role in all of these conditions. So I guess it wouldn’t be so far fetched to think that your risk of getting really sick from COVID-19 would be increased with a bad diet.

A study recently published (references below) tested just that! It was the first study of its kind, designed specifically to see how dietary patterns impacted COVID-19 outcomes. They followed over 2800 health care workers that were then divided according to their dietary habits: 1) plant-based (almost no meat or refined foods), 2) plant-based or pescatarian, 3) baseline control eating a standard diet and 4) low carb/high protein. Let’s keep in mind that low carb diets usually mean high fat diets similar to keto diets, which contain high amounts of animal products.