The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that eating healthy diet is important during the COVID-19 pandemic as food and drinks can affect the body’s ability to prevent, fight and recover from infections.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the world health body disclosed this in a statement on Monday from Geneva.
“Good nutrition can also reduce the likelihood of developing other health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer,”
“For young children, a healthy and balanced diet is essential for growth and development. For older people, it can help to ensure healthier and more active lives,” it said.
The health agency gave tips for maintaining a healthy diet, stressing that consumption of variety of food, including fruits and vegetables was nutritious.
“Every day, eat a mix of wholegrains like wheat, maize and rice, legumes like lentils and beans, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, with some foods from animal sources like meat, fish, eggs and milk.
“Choose wholegrain foods like unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat and brown rice when you can; they are rich in valuable fibre and can help you feel full for longer.
“For snacks, choose raw vegetables, fresh fruit, and unsalted nuts,” it said.
It advised that salt intake should be reduced, adding that it should be limited to five grammes, equivalent to a teaspoon a day.
WHO also stated that for babies, a healthy diet means exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, with the introduction of nutritious and safe foods to complement breastmilk from six months to two years and beyond.
The WHO however stated that no food or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, but that healthy diets are important for supporting immune systems.