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Individuals who follow a plant-based diet are 73 percent less likely to experience moderate-to-severe COVID-19 symptoms, according to a new study published by scientific journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. The study involved 2,884 frontline healthcare workers from six countries—including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States—568 of whom were infected with COVID-19. The aim of the study was to investigate the association between dietary patterns and COVID-19, including severity of symptoms and duration of illness. 

Between July and September 2020, the participants provided information on demographic characteristics, medical history, lifestyle, and COVID-19 symptoms, and a 47-item food frequency questionnaire. Participants had 11 choices: whole foods, plant-based diet; keto diet; vegetarian diet; Mediterranean diet; pescatarian diet; Palaeolithic diet; low-fat diet; low-carbohydrate diet; high-protein diet; other; or none of the above. 

Study findings

Among the 568 cases, 138 individuals had moderate-to-severe COVID-19 severity and 430 individuals had very mild to…

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