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Nutrition And COVID-19: Drink Ample Water, Eat Unprocessed Food, Advises WHO To Lower Risks Of Infections

According to WHO, proper nutrition and hydration are vital to be healthy with strong immune systems to lower risk of chronic illnesses and infections at a time like COVID-19 outbreak

Nutrition And COVID-19: Drink Ample Water, Eat Unprocessed Food, Advises WHO To Lower Risks Of Infections
Highlights
  • WHO has issued nutrition advice for adults during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • It has advised to avoid overcooking food as it destroys vital nutrients
  • Choose fresh fruits instead of sweet snacks such as cookies, says WHO

New Delhi: As people across the world wade through these unprecedented times, there are concerns emerging about what one should eat and how to prepare food to maximize the intake of vital vitamins, proteins, anti-oxidants and other micro-nutrients in order to boost one’s immunity. In the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently released a document on nutrition advice for adults during these times. The advisory highlights the importance of a balanced diet and personal hygiene will cooking and having food and also provides tips on increasing daily nutrient intake.

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COVID-19 Outbreak: WHO’s Nutrition Advice For Adults

According to WHO, a balanced diet and hydration are vital. It advises eating fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, unsaturated fats found in fish, avocado, coconut oils, and whole grains like unprocessed wheat, maize, millet, oats, brown rice and foods from animal sources like meat, fish, eggs and milk. It recommends eating two cups of fruits, 2.5 cups of vegetable, 180 grams of grains and 160 grams of meat and beans. It further says that red meat can be eaten 1-2 times per week and poultry meat can be consumed 2-3 times per week. It recommends choosing white meat (like poultry) and fish, which are generally, low in fat, rather than red meat. It also asks people to consume low-fat milk and dairy products.

Daily must-haves according to the World Health Organisation

Daily must-haves according to the World Health Organisation

WHO advises people not to overcook vegetables and fruit as this can lead to the loss of important vitamins. It recommends using only those canned or dried vegetables and fruits that do not have salt and sugar added to it. It further recommends avoiding industrially produced foods as those are high in transfats. When cooking and preparing food, limit the amount of salt and high-sodium condiments and limit daily salt intake to less than 5 grams and use only iodized salt, says WHO.

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In its advisory, WHO highlighted that water helps in transporting nutrients in the blood, regulates body temperature, gets rid of waste and lubricates joints. Therefore it recommends at least 8-10 cups of water every day.

Nutrition And COVID-19: Drink Ample Water, Eat Unprocessed Food, Advises WHO To Lower Risks Of Infections

One should drink at least 8-10 cups of water daily, says WHO

According to Dr. Jagmeet Madan, National President Of Indian Dietetic Association, there is a lack of concrete evidence regarding specific dietary factors that can reduce risk of COVID-19, but it is a known fact that a healthy immune system plays a vital role in defending our body against diseases. She recommends taking a food-based approach for prevention from COVID-19 along with measures like social distancing and following public health advisories.

Appreciating the tips provided in WHO’s advice document, Dr. Madan said that one can ensure optimal intake of vitamins and minerals if one follows the recent advisory of WHO on nutrition. She added,

For fighting any kind of infection, it is important to build immunity. Micronutrients- vitamins and minerals are essential for optimal health and well-being. Micronutrients, particularly vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6, B12 and folic acid and minerals such as iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium and copper play an important role in ensuring the immune system can function properly.

Dr. Madan asserted that while there is no evidence as of now of contracting COVID-19 from touching food or food packaging that may have been exposed to the virus through an infected person, but the coronavirus causing COVID-19 can survive on surfaces and objects for a certain amount of time. Therefore, WHO strongly recommends cooking at home.

WHO says that washing hands regularly is extremely important, especially after touching frequently handled objects such as doorknobs or handles. It says that the food must be touched with absolutely clean hands.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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