Is a diverse diet healthy for you? - KVOA | | Tucson, Arizona

Desiree Burns
August 12, 2018

In accordance with recently published scientific statement by the American Association for the heart problems, eating and healthy and unhealthy foods leads to an imbalance of the whole organism.

The new advisory points out that there are many ways to define a varied diet, and some of them aren't so healthy.

"Despite a lot of the disseminated myths, products of a healthy diet should not be combined in the daily eating habits with those that relate to unhealthy and even harmful food".

In the same vein, aiming for a diverse diet - rather than a healthy, high-quality diet - may also lead to less consumption of minimally processed foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and fish, Marcia de Oliveira Otto, PhD, MS, of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and colleagues wrote in Circulation. While some dietary guidelines highlight greater diversity of recommended foods, there is little consensus about what so-called dietary diversity is, how it is measured and whether it is a healthy dietary goal.

- Limited evidence suggests that greater dietary diversity is associated with eating more calories, poor eating patterns and weight gain in adults.

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A review of scientific studies published by the American Heart Association has revealed that encouraging people to eat a wide variety of foods may not actually help them meet all of their dietary needs.

The authors, who thoroughly studied numerous articles published over almost two decades, said they actually found there may be a link between food diversity and lower diet quality, as well as excess food intake, Medical Daily reported.

In fact, a variety of food options in a meal may delay the feeling of fullness.

It concludes that dietary recommendations should encourage people to eat adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, low-fat dairy products, non-tropical vegetable oils, nuts, poultry and fish, and to limit red meat, candies and sugary drinks.

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