Q: Does a Vegetarian/Vegan diet lesson the effects of Covid-19. Have there been any tests or studies?
We are starting to get good data from the pandemic that indicates that a Vegetarian/Vegan diet might be protective of COVID-19. The studies are designed only to see if there is an association with diet and disease incidence and not if it is the cause, however. In one study, a plant-based diet was associated with a 73% reduction in moderate COVID-19 and a 59% reduction in severe COVID-19. This study also showed that compared to a plant-based diet, a low carbohydrate, high protein diet was associated with a 3.86 fold more likelihood of moderate to severe COVID-19. Again, it is not 100% protection and so a vegan diet alone doesn’t mean that one is sufficiently protected from getting severe COVID-19.