Consuming a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet is Associated With Lower Odds of Moderate-to-Severe COVID-19

The power of lifestyle medicine! According to a study recently published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, consuming a predominantly whole food plant-based diet is associated with lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19. This large sample size diverse multi-countries population-based case-control study showed that those consumed predominantly plant-based diets had 73% lower odds of moderate to severe COVID-19 severity compared to those who did not. Similarly those who followed either pant-based diets or pescatarian diets had 59% lower odds of moderate to severe COVID-19 severity compared with those who did not. Compared to those who did not follow low carbohydrate, high protein diets, following low carbohydrate, high protein diets was associated with 48% greater odds of moderate to severe COVID-19.

By: Rusly Harsono, MD, Head, Lifestyle Medicine Social Engagement


Journal Reference:

1. Kim HRebholz CMHegde S, et al. Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case–control study in six countries.