People following plant-based diet ‘much less likely to get severe Covid-19’, study suggests

zaphfrans

People who enjoy a plant-based diet like vegetarians and vegans or take fish as their only source of meat are considerably less likely to contract severe Covid-19, a new study has found.

According to the findings published in The BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, which examined data from healthcare workers across six countries including the UK, people who follow a plant-based diet are 73 per cent less likely to be hit by coronavirus while self-declared pescatarians were 59 per cent less likely to become ill than those who eat red and white meat.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets appeared to be

Read more

In India, 81% limit meat in diet and 39% say they are vegetarian

zaphfrans
Dishes on display at a food stall at a vegetarian food festival in Bangalore.
Dishes on display at a food stall at a vegetarian food festival in Bangalore. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images)

All of India’s most widely practiced religions have dietary laws and traditions. For example, Hindu texts often praise vegetarianism, and Hindus may also avoid eating beef because cows are traditionally viewed as sacred. Muslim teachings, meanwhile, prohibit pork.

The vast majority of Indian adults (81%) follow some restrictions on meat in their diet, including refraining from eating certain meats, not eating meat on certain days, or both. However, most Indians do not abstain from meat altogether – only 39% of

Read more

The Beginner’s Guide to Adopting a Vegetarian Diet Plan

zaphfrans

Before you dive in headfirst, study this vegetarian diet plan to say goodbye to meat without a single hitch.

Over the last few years, plant-based eating has achieved such a high level of popularity that everyone from Lizzo and Beyoncé to your next door neighbour has tried out some version of the diet. In fact, a 2017 Nielsen survey found that 39 percent of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based. And for good reason: A vegetarian diet — rooted in plant foods — offers plenty of health benefits, from reducing the risk of chronic disease to promoting a balanced

Read more

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

zaphfrans

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.

This may make it

Read more

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

zaphfrans

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

Read more

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

zaphfrans

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

Read more