Many people think that diets varied or eating from a wide range of different foods lead to healthier eating patterns. According to the American Heart Association, however, it is not that simple. ( Pixabay )
Food diversity, or eating a wide range of foods, is perceived by most people as beneficial to their health. However, it could actually backfire.
According to the latest scientific statement of the American Heart Association, a varied diet, otherwise called a "varied diet", could simply lead to eating more calories, which in turn increases the risk of obesity. [1
What Is A Varied Diet?
"We have reviewed all the evidence that there were and we saw a link between food diversity and increased intake of healthy and unhealthy foods," according to Otto, an assistant professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the University of Texas. "This raised some red flags and had implications on obesity – we saw a greater prevalence of obesity among people with greater food diversity."
While some dietary guidelines give priority to different diets, the majority are not clear about what so-called food diversity is, exactly. It is not clear how this diet is measured and whether it is a healthy dietary goal.
According to a scientific review of the articles published between 2000 and 2017 by researchers, there is no evidence that greater overall food diversity promotes healthy weight or eating optimally.
However, there is some evidence that a wider variety of food options in a meal may delay the sense of fullness of people, which increases food intake.
There is also limited evidence suggesting that more dietary trials are associated with eating more calories, poor eating habits and weight gain in adults.
The best diets, according to the American Heart Association
Instead of telling people to opt for various diets, AHA says it is better to encourage adequate consumption of plant foods, beans, whole grains , low-fat dairy products, poultry and nuts. People should also refrain from eating red meat, sweets and sugary drinks. The AHA dietary recommendations and the famous DASH diet are examples of healthy eating habits.
"Choosing a range of healthy foods that fit your budget or taste and stick to them is potentially better at helping people maintain a healthy weight than choosing a wider range of foods that may include less healthy items like donuts, fries, fries and cheeseburgers, even in moderation, "Otto said.
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