The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has made available a series of questions and answers on the COVID impact 19 in food and agriculture, in addition to seven healthy eating tips to face the crisis.
Further, the Regional Office for Latin America offers 7 healthy eating tips for strengthen immune systems with a healthy and conscious diet that avoids food waste.
- I strengthened your immune system through food. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, with at least five servings a day. They contain a lot of vitamins A and C, in addition to antioxidants, which will help you fight infections. Eat legumes at least three times a week: they are kept for a long time, they are inexpensive and will help you stay healthy, because they are high in protein and iron.
- Don’t just buy non-perishable food. Instead of buying a lot of pasta and rice, buy fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Did you buy extra fruits and vegetables? No problem – clean, cut and freeze them. You will have them ready for your next preparation. Prefer vegetables and fruits instead of cookies, snacks, and pastries.
- Plan your purchase: buy what is necessary and fair. This is not only an act of empathy with other consumers who must also stock up, but it helps you avoid food waste and improve the economy of your home.
- Don’t throw away your leftovers. If you overcooked, freeze your meals to last longer to avoid waste, in addition to having a preparation ready for another occasion, without much effort. Remember: food must be in good condition to consume it.
- Drink a lot of water. Drink at least two liters of water a day to stay hydrated and support your immune system.
- Make your budget pay. If your budget is limited, we recommend preferring water to soft drinks. Take a good look at what you have in the pantry and the fridge. Buy the products according to their duration.
- Cooking with the family. The confinement in which many of us find ourselves is also an opportunity to cook at home and incorporate boys and girls in this activity, so that they learn healthy eating habits from a young age.