Nutrition and COVID-19 Myths | COVID-19 Knowledge Hub

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the food industry was seeing increasing consumer interest in products marketed with Health and Wellbeing benefits. This level of interest has increased dramatically, especially with respect to products seen to confer immunity benefits.

Having a healthy diet could be an important factor, but only one of many, in determining the outcome for individuals should they become infected with SARS-CoV-2. 

As food businesses start to consider this potential opportunity, it is important to base product development and marketing decisions on sound science and a clear understanding of nutrition and health claims regulations, there are a lot of myths out there!

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The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is a charity which seeks to give sound impartial advice and disseminate and publish the results of nutrition research. The key points from their guidance on nutrition and COVID-19 are:

  • No food or food supplement can protect you from getting the coronavirus (COVID-19)  
  • A wide range of nutrients are implicated in general immunity - suggesting that a healthy, balanced and varied diet is more important than any single substance.

BNF COVID-19 and nutrition

BNF Coronavirus outbreak: nutrition and immunity - be careful of myths and false promises

BNF busts the myths on nutrition and COVID-19

Nutrition and Health Claims on Food

Also keep in mind the regulatory requirements when making nutrition or health claims for food or food supplement products, in particular The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.

Any claim made on a food's labelling, presentation or advertising must be clear, accurate and based on scientific evidence. Only pre-approved permitted nutrition and health claims can be made.

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IFST COVID-19 Knowledge Hub

This section is part of our COVID-19 Knowledge Hub. IFST have created a COVID-19 Knowledge Hub to consolidate advice, practical guidance and links to resources to support individuals, smaller food businesses and larger food operations.  Find out more here.