Is variety in your eating habits something you shouldn’t target after all? As a recent science advisory is being translated in traditional and social media – with the help of “click-bait” headlines – people are throwing up their hands wondering if dietary diversity is actually unhealthy or is making weight loss more difficult.
The advisory statement, drafted by a group of highly respected nutrition researchers, lays out the intricacies of different approaches to study variety in people’s diets, and reviews what has and has not been established by research. The problem: the statement was not intended to be a message to the public. And many of the media messages about the statement are not really capturing the nuances of its conclusions or the practical implications for healthy eating.
Variety in your eating choices can help — or hinder – your efforts to eat in ways that support your health and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. To get a clearer bottom line from the new advisory statement and view its conclusions within the big picture of overall research, read on….