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It’s simple, but…

It’s simple, but…
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It’s easy to stick to eating the same foods every day – especially if you love them. But it may not be the best thing for your health.

“Humans were designed to graze and hunt, and therefore our diets became naturally varied. This is likely an evolutionary design so that we attain and access a wide variety of nutrients throughout the day, week, month, and over long-term periods of time to optimise our body’s functions,” says dietitian, Monica Auslander Moreno.

It can lead to nutritional deficiencies

It can lead to nutritional deficiencies
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“Our bodies need a wide range of macro- and micronutrients, and eating a wide variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can help us meet our body’s needs,” says nutritionist, Wesley Delbridge. “Eat the colours of the rainbow when it comes to fruit and vegetables, and don’t forget that frozen vegetables are just as healthy as fresh and they don’t spoil as quickly.” Almost everyone would agree that “eat the rainbow” is a good rule of thumb.

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It hurts your gut health

It hurts your gut health
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“Eating a wide variety of foods [provides] the environment the gut needs to grow the healthy bacteria that can boost our immune system and improve digestion,” says Delbridge. “Fermented foods, such as yoghurt and kefir, provide the probiotics (healthy bacteria). Eating fruits and vegetables provides fibre and prebiotics (food for the probiotics) to create a healthy gut environment.”

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It can stunt your weight loss

It can stunt your weight loss
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A recent study in PLOS One found that people who ate a larger variety of healthy foods were able to lose weight faster than those who had less variety.

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It may impact how long you live

It may impact how long you live
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In research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, investigators tracked the health of more than 50,000 women and found that those who ate a wide variety of healthy foods tended to live longer than women who ate the same foods day after day.

It leads to serious food boredom

It leads to serious food boredom
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“Food should be fun! It should be something you look forward to,” says Delbridge. “Changing up what you eat exposes you to great new foods and new recipes, and helps bring back the fun in eating.”

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It hurts your metabolic health

It hurts your metabolic health
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A 2015 study published in the Jounal of Nutrition found that those who ate a varied diet had a much lower risk of metabolic disease – a combination of unhealthy factors that can lead to heart disease and diabetes. People eating a good variety watched their cholesterol drop, had less abdominal fat, and lower blood pressure.

It isolates your nutritional sources

It isolates your nutritional sources
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“We see a lot of people hyper focus on a single nutrient or food because it attracts media fame – turmeric, almonds, kale, spirulina, etc.,” says nutritionist Auslander Moreno. “And while all foods are to be celebrated for their unique nutritional merit, assigning yourself to a confined list of foods because they are the most well-known or well-described will box you in and close you off from various other vital nutrients.”

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You may be overdosing on certain nutrients

You may be overdosing on certain nutrients
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If you consume too much of certain foods, you may be putting your health at risk. “Too much turmeric, for example, can interfere with blood clotting and liver function,” says Auslander Moreno. You could get too much of certain toxins, as well, she warns. If you eat, say, fish every day, mercury toxicity becomes a concern – especially if you’re consuming predatory fish (like tuna) and if you are a small person – toxicity is weight-related, says Auslander Moreno. Opt for wild low-mercury fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and anchovies.

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It can hurt your immune system

It can hurt your immune system
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The enhanced nutrition from a varied diet seems to boost immunity, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. This helped people resist infections; people whose diets had little variation were more likely to get sick due to a weakened immune system.

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