To Meet Your Nutrient Goals, You May Need to Expand Your Food Variety
Researchers in Marseille, France have recently published one of the most innovate food studies we’ve seen involving food and nourishment . . . . . . . . For 78% of the population, the only way to meet RDA levels would be to expand food variety and introduce new foods into the diet that were not currently being consumed. All we can say is, wow! How many times have we heard about the importance of food variety? And yet, how striking it is to see that good nourishment is mathematically impossible for 3 out of every 4 adults unless food variety is increased? At the World’s Healthiest Foods, we are always amazed at the diversity of foods within every food group, and we are equally amazed at the delicious tastes and aromas and textures of foods that never find their way into the average U.S. diet. This welcomed study makes it clear that food variety is not just a quaint catchphrase, but has real meaning for most of us when it comes to optimal nourishment. WHFoods Recommendations When you hear the phrase “food variety,” don’t shrug your shoulders and automatically assume that it doesn’t apply to you. It may be mathematically impossible for you to meet your nutrient goals given your current food choices! Bringing new foods into your diet may not only be something you “ought” to do; it may be something you will be required to do if your diet to provide the nutrients you need.
· Maillot M, Vieux F, Ferguson EF et al. To meet nutrient recommendations, most French adults need to expand their habitual food repertoire. To meet nutrient recommendations, most French adults need to expand their habitual food repertoire. 2009.
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