Hyderabad: A few posts claiming eating chicken can beat COVID, are viral on social media.
"Eat Chicken Beat Corona," reads the message.
On one hand, some posts explained how chicken increases immunity and helps beat COVID-19 whereas other posts only carried the slogan.
The viral post was also tweeted by a Twitter user on February 11, 2021.
The viral post is False. These posts have been doing rounds since 2020 and have gone viral again.
NewsMeter firstly searched for any reports that would prove if eating chicken can beat corona. However, though chicken has important nutrients, there are no reports that directly suggest that chicken can beat coronavirus.
We then found a blog by PETA India posted on April 24, 2020. The blog had stated that the claim in the viral post has gone viral after an advertisement was released by the Karnataka Poultry Farmers and Breeders Association and Vencobb part of All India Poultry Development and Services Private Limited.
The advertisement apparently seemed like a response to the rumor that "eating chicken and eggs during the pandemic is not safe". The original advertisement, however, was condemned by the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and was asked to be taken down. This happened after PETA India lodged a complaint against the Advertisement.
According to The Health Indian Project (THIP) that had debunked the viral post quoted Kajal Gupta, Dietician, and Nutritionist. "There is no alternative to eating healthy. That is an important step towards building a healthy body. But a single substance diet alone cannot build immunity against COVID-19. It's necessary to take all the recommended precautions along with eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and proteins," she said.
However, it is highly recommended by the experts to take proper precautions and medical guidance by the doctors whenever needed. Do not believe in any viral messages circulating on social media to cure or beat the virus.
Evidently, the viral posts that claim eating chicken can beat corona are False. There have been no reports to prove the viral claim.