“Nutrition is the only remedy that can bring full recovery and can be used with any treatment. Remember, food is our best medicine!”
This famous quote by Dr. Bernard Jenson holds so true in times of crises like these. The notion that nutritious diet supports and facilitates good health has been around since time immemorial. We see so many articles, blogs, videos, and headlines regularly based on what to eat and what not to eat.
Now, with the ongoing pandemic, people are falling ill due to the virus and unhealthy diets are contributing to the pre-existing health conditions, putting them more at risk. And illness also means a loss of income. Therefore, this current crisis has raised the stakes for consumers, producers, and policymakers worldwide.
There are uncertainties about what constitutes healthy food and appropriate policy interventions. But a growing body of evidence and analysis points towards actions that may save lives—and at the very least improve the well-being of billions.
The Quality of Diet is essential to Health
As we are all well aware, diets are crucial to the health status of people around the world. Research shows that around 2 billion people are overweight or obese with over 70% of them in low and middle-income countries. According to World Health Organization (WHO) reports –
- Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases–ranging from diarrhea to cancers.
- An estimated 600 million–almost 1 in 10 people in the world–fall ill after eating contaminated food and 4,20,000 die every year, resulting in the loss of 33 million healthy life years.
Additionally, emerging evidence suggests that people with pre-existing diet and health-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and severe obesity are suffering from more serious consequences from COVID-19. Malnutrition also severely weakens people’s immune systems, increasing people’s chances of getting ill.
The Importance of Food Safety and Nutrition
A balanced diet guarantees a strong immune system which can help combat the virus. There is currently no evidence that any supplement can ‘boost’ our immune system or prevent any viral infections, except Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in making a strong immune system. In the current crisis, it is important to be aware of the specific foods, which can improve our immune system. Below are a few professional dietary tips to withstand COVID-19.
- Eat fruits daily.
- Eat fresh vegetables.
- Eat whole grains and nuts.
- Eat nuts like almonds, coconut, and pistachio.
- Even for snacks choose fresh fruits and raw vegetables rather than foods high in sugar, salt, or fat.
- Avoid irregular snacking.
- Do not overcook vegetables. It leads to loss of important nutrients like the vitamins and minerals.
- Ensure food is prepared and served at acceptable temperatures.
- Limit the salt intake.
- Consume unsaturated fats.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day.
- Avoid all carbonated, fizzy, concentrated juices, and drinks which contain sugar.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, Meditate, and sleep properly. Adequate sleep is important to immune functioning.
- Eat at home to reduce the chance of being exposed to the virus.
A proper and healthy diet ensures a robust immune system that can resist any onslaught by the coronavirus. Individuals consuming a well-balanced diet appear to be safer with better immune systems and lower incidence of chronic diseases and infections.
Food safety is imperative. Ensure to check the nutritional labeling and shelf life of the food product that you are buying. Food business operators have the responsibility to make sure they conduct food quality monitoring to be in compliance with the food regulations and to protect public health. Schedule a call today with our team to understand food quality testing and monitoring in detail.