Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable?

A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian (those that exclude meat but include fish) had a lower risk of developing moderate-to-severe COVID-19.

Additionally, the study found that those who said they eat a low-carbohydrate or high-protein diet seemed to have an increased risk of contracting moderate-to-severe COVID-19.

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Vegetarian, fish-based diet linked with less severe Covid-19: Study

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Vegetarian and fish-based diets may be associated with lower odds of developing moderate to severe Covid-19 infection, suggest the findings of a six-country survey based on self-reported symptoms.

The researchers noted that the survey is observational, and does not establish a causative relation between diet and Covid-19 severity, and caution is needed in the interpretation of the findings.

Also read: Watch | Is a move towards a plant-based diet necessary to prevent the next Covid-19?

The survey results, published in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health on Tuesday, indicate that plant- and fish-based diets were associated with 73 per

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12 Asheville restaurants for omnivores with hearty vegetarian meals

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Asheville is an exceptional place for vegetarians in that nearly every independent restaurant makes meat-free accommodations far beyond the veggie burger. That’s why this is by no means a complete list. But if you’re a meat eater with a visiting vegetarian friend, here are just a few of the many places you might consider. 

Andaaz Indian Cusine

At lunch, this new Indian restaurant serves a buffet where you can find more vegetarian than meaty dishes. How often can you say that? Meat eaters will love the lamb curry but also will find the dal, the mixed vegetable pakoras, the palak

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Do vegan diets make kids shorter and weaker?

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Research Checks interrogate newly published studies and how they’re reported in the media. The analysis is undertaken by one or more academics not involved with the study, and reviewed by another, to make sure it’s accurate.


Diets that exclude meat and fish (vegetarian) or all animal products including dairy and eggs (vegan) are becoming increasingly popular for health, environmental and ethical reasons.

Past research in adults has linked vegetarian and vegan diets with a reduced risk of heart disease but a greater risk of fractures, caused by low calcium intakes. But the impact on children has not been evaluated,

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Vegetarians and non-vegetarians embrace different motives for adopting a plant-based diet

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Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians are motivated to adopt (or to consider adopting) a plant-based diet for health reasons. However, vegetarians are more strongly motivated to pursue a plant-based diet for animal rights and environmental reasons than non-vegetarians. These findings come from a study published in the journal Collabra: Psychology.

Interest in plant-based nutrition has been steadily rising in Western culture, likely due to growing concerns about sustainability and the environment. Still, a vegetarian diet remains an unpopular choice — the majority of Westerners are non-vegetarians.

Researcher Christopher J. Hopwood and his team were interested in exploring how the motivations for

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Vegetarian for 45 Years Accidentally Eats Meat after McDonald’s Serves Chicken Instead of Veg Burger

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Fast food counters can often goof up your order. But for a vegetarian woman who hadn’t eaten meat for 45 years, the goof-up turned out to be rather unpleasant after she accidentally ended up eating a chicken burger that she was served at a McDonalds’ drive through in the United Kingdom, despite ordering a veggie burger.

Gloucestershire resident Louise Davies had been a devout vegetarian for nearly 45 years. The 50-year-old received the shock of her life, however, when she accidentally bit into a meat burger pattie at a local McDonald’s drive-through outlet. Davies had ordered a Vegetable Deluxe McDonalds’

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