Staying home seems to be norm these days, as the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide. Being indoors, we end up ordering food at home. In fact, in Malaysia, food deliveries have gone up since the COVID-19 outbreak started. But in the long run, are our recent food choices necessarily good for our health?
Following our recent report on the useful tips which you can follow to help protect yourself from the virus, we’ve also been curious to find out more about immunity-boosting food to keep us safe from COVID-19. After all, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the immune system helps us to prevent or limit infection. Its role is to help recognise potentially “dangerous” microbes which may harm our body, before responding to address the problem. However, in the situation where the immune response cannot be activated when there is sufficient need, infection will occur.
Enter Charlotte Mei, a host, presenter and resident nutritionist at the Asian Food Network. “A balanced diet is of utmost importance in a time like this," she says. We recently talked to Charlotte about handy tips on the food which we should eat more of, the importance of food safety, and her favourite healthy recipes to prepare at home. But first, a disclaimer: while these pieces of advice are from a nutritionist, they are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Make sure to consult your doctor regarding a medical condition.
Maintain a balanced diet
A colourful plate usually indicates that you're eating a good variety of foods which are beneficial for your body
Vitamin supplements, but only if you need them
Practise food safety, always
Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by practising good food safety habits
- Wash all fruits and vegetables under running water. No special detergents are needed, but you can consider purchasing a brush to scrub your vegetables extra clean. Try not to peel the skins off (if edible) as they offer a great source of fibre in your diet.
- Use separate chopping boards for raw and cooked food to avoid potential cross-contamination.
- Store any left-over food in an air-tight container in the fridge. Ensure your fridge is at an optimal temperature of 4˚C, and -18˚C for your freezer.
Listen to your body
Eating in can be fun too
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