The Nutritional Impact Of COVID-19: Not So Good

Cisco Cotto
March 25, 2020 - 6:00 am
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Move over Kale and Quinoa. Americans are opting for Oreos and chips as they try to hunker down and stay away from others during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Not good for personal health, maybe, but this fresh desire for comfort foods could be a big boost for packaged-food companies, says Phil Lempert, founder of Super Market Guru in Los Angeles.

“We’re looking for things to make us feel better,” he tells host Cisco Cotto in the WBBM In Depth podcast. “Unfortunately, a lot of those products are not as nutritious as we’d like.”

Lempert says people also may be stocking up on items like frozen pizzas because government officials recommend keeping a food supply of several days on hand. 

“The best defense that we’ve got is a strong immunity. We really want to be consuming citrus, we want to have those leafy greens. We want to have chicken, for example,” he said. “We really want to eat healthy at this time.”

He adds: “Getting a box of Oreos may satisfy us mentally, but it’s not going to help us fight this disease.”