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New study links diet to COVID-19 symptom severity

Adults who regularly consume more legumes, cereals, bread, and grains have less severe COVID-19 symptoms, according to a study led by the Centro Universitario de la Costa, Department of Medical Sciences, Universidad de Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico. The research highlights how the severity of COVID-19 symptoms is related to dietary intake. Obesity is a major risk factor for severe COVID-19 symptoms, and the new study highlights the benefits of healthy eating.

The study was conducted on 236 patients suspected to have COVID-19, out of which 103 tested positive for SARS-CoV2. A questionnaire regarding regularly consumed food was designed to collect information from the test participants three months prior to their COVID-19 tests. The study showed that the people who tested positive showed decreased overall symptom severity if they had an increased regular intake of food groups including legumes, grains, bread and cereals.