NUTRITIONAL DIET DURING QUARANTINE

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

Team Shakthi (Students of Food Technology) - H

Hello everyone, We hope you all are staying safe and healthy during this quarantine period. Quarantining yourself at home by being inside closed walls may seem quite boring, but it plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are finding different ways to keep us safe from the deadly virus like washing hands, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing but what about the nutrients and energy that our body needs? We get them through the food we eat. So what are we eating? Is it healthy and nutritious? Is it home-cooked?


Nutritious food plays an important role to live healthily and to stay safe. So, let's have a fine look at proper food habits.



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A HEALTHY DIET DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

The spread of COVID 19, the global pandemic remains unabated, impacting nearly 85 percent of the globe. With the rapid spread of coronavirus, people all over the world had to drastically change their lifestyles. The scramble to contain the outbreak has varied from closing schools and restaurants to enforcing "shelter-in-place" policies, to full-scale lockdowns. During this period, healthy eating is very important to keep your immune system boosted.

IMPORTANCE OF GOOD NUTRITION TO FIGHT AGAINST CORONA:

Good nutrition can help your body before, during and after an infection. Therefore it is important to maintain a healthy diet during this pandemic.


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TRY TO TAKE MINIMUM COMPOSITION OF NUTRITIOUS FOOD: Consuming nutritious foods such as Grains (cereals), tubers (yams), fruits, vegetables, leafy vegetables, fish-pulses-meat, eggs, milk, milk products, nuts, and oilseeds is beneficial to health. The golden rule is to include at least one food item from each group. These foods help to obtain a variety of nutrients depending on their composition.

NUTRITIOUS FOOD IS MORE IMPORTANT: Fruits and vegetables can provide lots of vitamins and minerals that are required to boost immunity.


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Vitamin C

Citrus fruits such as Oranges, Lemons, Pineapple and Grapefruit are a rich source of vitamin C. Vegetables that are high in Vitamin C include Red Capsicum, Cauliflower, Spinach, and Tomatoes.


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Vitamin D

People with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to getting sick. Generally, vitamin D is obtained from the sun. We can also get good sources of vitamin D from foods such as oily fish, mushrooms and dairy products that are fortified with vitamin D.


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Zinc

Zinc acts as an antioxidant. Foods containing zinc include nuts, milk, seafood, and lean meat.