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Tips for a well balanced diet during COVID-19

Published By Nutrition with Kimberly & Newport Boxfit

Making Health and Nutrition a Priority During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Proper nutrition and hydration are vital. People who eat a well-balanced diet tend to be healthier with stronger immune systems and lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases. Taking care of your health in the midst of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds these days. One way to keep your immune system strong? Maintaining a balanced diet. Poor nutrition can compromise your immune function and increase your risk of getting infected. Nutrition is crucial.

Eat fresh and unprocessed foods every day

  • Eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, and foods from animal sources

  • Do not overcook vegetables and fruit as this can lead to the loss of important vitamins.

  • When using canned or dried vegetables and fruit, choose varieties without added salt or sugar.

Eat moderate amounts of fat and oil

  • Consume unsaturated fats (e.g. found in fish, avocado, nuts, olive oil, soy, canola, sunflower and corn oils) rather than saturated fats (e.g. found in fatty meat, butter, palm and coconut oils, cream, cheese, ghee and lard).

  • Choose white meat (e.g. poultry) and fish, which are generally low in fat, rather than red meat.

  • Avoid processed meats because they are high in fat and salt.

  • Opt for low-fat or reduced-fat versions of milk and dairy products.

Eat less salt and sugar

  • When cooking and preparing food, limit the amount of salt and high-sodium condiments Limit your daily salt intake to less than 5 g (approximately 1 teaspoon), and use iodized salt.

  • Avoid foods that are high in salt and sugar.

  • Limit your intake of soft drinks or sodas and other drinks that are high in sugar

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