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Keto Diet Won’t Protect You Against Coronavirus

It seems like with every new day that passes, the keto diet is gaining more and more health benefits that other diets simply can’t provide. One moment it’s a diet that can help you lose weight (and maybe become a bit healthier along the way), and the next is it’s apparently some super form of eating method that can help protect you from the coronavirus.

And we can’t believe we have to ask this: Can the keto diet stop you from contracting the coronavirus if it ever finds its way into your system?

The answer is no. And we mean that in every way possible. Despite that, people are somehow justifying keto more, saying that the vitamins in the meat are essential for our immune system, while there’s another that even made a convoluted argument about mortality rates and metabolic syndrome. It’s also worth noting that that person is an entrepreneur with #KETO in their twitter bio, so make of it what you will.

What are actual health experts saying about this? Well, nothing. That’s because it shouldn’t even be a question in the first place. Again, it’s boring and very basic, but as the World Health Organization said before, the best way to protect yourself is to simply wash your hands and stay away from sick people. No need to restrict your calories or follow a specific diet.

Of course, they did mention maintaining “proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts,” which falls in line with the general advice that you get for protecting yourself against colds and other seasonal conditions. Basically, take care of yourself both physically and mentally, then you will be just fine.

And if you need a little more reassurance, there’s a Harvard article that went more in-depth, stating that you can’t boost your immune system with a diet.

“Scientists have long recognized that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Whether the increased rate of disease is caused by malnutrition’s effect on the immune system, however, is not certain,” the article said.

So no, keto won’t defend you from the coronavirus. Helps you lose weight though, if that’s what you’re into.

Coronavirus The 2019-nCoV, a new type of coronavirus, was first discovered at a small animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan in China. Pixabay