We’ve all read or been told at some point in our lives that we need to eat a “variety of foods”. As with many things we learn about food and nutrition, turns out, this isn’t the best advice.
First, it most certainly isn’t true in the same meal. Data has long shown that the more options for food on the table, the more people tend to eat. Yes, meals need to have a portion of healthy carbs, protein and fats, but maybe not two or three of each. If there’s one big chicken salad on the table, everyone eats chicken salad until their full. No one is pushing themselves past full because they also want to try the casserole and the bread and butter.
And now the American Heart Association has recently published revised guidelines reviewing data that shows the more “diversity” in a person’s diet correlates with higher intakes of refined sugars, processed foods and sugar sweetened beverages while leading to a lower intake of fruits and vegetables. They state that “dietary diversity” actually correlates with higher rates of obesity.
What’s the solution? Eating a variety of healthy foods. When thinking about eating habits, the best data support focusing on eating increased plant-based foods (read vegetables), protein, healthy fats and to decrease intake of sweets, sugar sweetened beverages and red meat.
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