Turning a New Leaf: Research Says Being a Vegetarian Could Lower Your COVID Risks

January 11, 2024 11:37 am in by

In a nutshell, picking plants over pork might reduce your risk of catching COVID-19, says fresh research! Recent findings from a study published in BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health indicate that veggie lovers, aka vegetarians and vegans, have a 39% lower chance of contracting the notorious virus.

The research involved grilling 702 volunteers from Brazil on their dietary preferences, exercise habits, and medical history, including vaccinations.

The verdict? Those favouring a diet full of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts, while keeping dairy and meat to a minimum, were less likely to catch the bug. The study revealed a noteworthy difference between omnivores and plant-based dieters, with the former group showing a 52% incidence rate of COVID-19, compared to 40% for the latter. Not stopping there, meat munchers seemed more prone to experiencing moderate to severe infections too.

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So, next time you’re at the supermarket, consider swapping steak for spinach. As the study suggests, “a plant-based diet, or mainly vegetarian diet, may provide a protective shield against COVID-19 infection.” Now, isn’t that food for thought?