Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable?

A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian (those that exclude meat but include fish) had a lower risk of developing moderate-to-severe COVID-19.

Additionally, the study found that those who said they eat a low-carbohydrate or high-protein diet seemed to have an increased risk of contracting moderate-to-severe COVID-19.

This may make it

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Recipe: How to make coffee cupcakes with mocha buttercream frosting

Homemade Sweet Chocolate Cupcakes

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Looking for some sweet treats to enjoy this weekend?

Coffee and chocolate-lovers could do a lot worse than these coffee cupcakes with a mocha buttercream frosting.

Not only does the recipe yield some very tasty results, but it’s also nice and simple, requiring ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard.

If not, they shouldn’t too hard to find at your local shop.

How to make coffee cupcakes

Makes: 12 cupcakes
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 95g golden caster sugar
  • 95g butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 95g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch
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how to eat healthily cheaply and easy

Healthy eating should be simple: eat more plants, drink water regularly and enjoy foods that make you feel good. The reality is somewhat more complicated, with endless healthy eating myths sullying the waters and confusing many of us who want to make the best decisions for our fitness goals and overall health.

To help, we’ve gathered together nutritional scientists and dieticians to explore the most common nutritional misconceptions. From the truth behind the benefits of going gluten-free if you’re not coeliac to why white potatoes are the original superfood, this is your guide to healthy eating – fact checked.

MYTH:

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Watermelon With Mustard Is Trending on TikTok

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I’m almost positive this combination started out as someone’s pregnancy craving, because never in a million years would I have thought to put mustard on watermelon. Leave it to TikTok to create yet another polarizing food trend that doesn’t end up being as bad as you think it’ll be. Apparently banana peel pulled “pork” was just scratching the surface, so make sure to try this one out for yourself before you comment on the TikTok videos, because you just might change your mind — at least that’s what happened to me.

Since I’m already a big fan of strawberries in

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