Why Food Variety is Great

Our diet must ensure our body, in addition to proteins, fats, carbohydrates and the energy they bring, also other essential nutrients, such as water, vitamins and minerals.

 

Our diet must ensure our body, in addition to proteins, fats, carbohydrates and the energy they bring, also other essential nutrients, such as water, vitamins and minerals.

The diet must also provide us with particular amino acids (present in proteins) and some polyunsaturated fatty acids (present in fats).

In fact, these substances, as well as vitamins and minerals, are defined as “essential” precisely because the organism is not capable of “building them” by itself: therefore we must ensure them through food.

It is good to remember, however, that there is no “complete” or “perfect” food, which contains all the substances indicated in the right quantity and which is therefore able to satisfy our nutritional needs alone, neither as a natural product nor as a processed product.

Consequently, the simplest and safest way to guarantee, in an adequate measure, the supply of all the essential nutrients, is to vary the choices as much as possible and to suitably combine the different foods.

To behave in this way means not only to avoid the danger of nutritional imbalances and possible consequent metabolic imbalances, but also to better satisfy the taste and fight the monotony of flavors.

Furthermore, systematically and rationally varying food choices means reducing another risk that can derive from monotonous eating habits, namely repeated and continuous ingestion – always eating the same foods – both of foreign substances that may be present, and of compounds ” antinutritional “in them naturally contained.

In the long run, the ingestion of these substances can be harmful in many ways, not excluding the possible contribution to the risk of the onset of some tumors.

It is true, however, that diversifying food choices mitigates these potential risks and ensures greater health protection, because it promotes not only a more complete supply of vitamins and minerals, but also a sufficient ingestion of some natural substances that play in various ways a protective function for the body: for example, those antioxidants that are widely present in plant foods.

Consequently, except for special conditions assessable by the doctor, there is no reason, for those who vary their diet, to resort(only) to specific dietary supplements with vitamins, minerals or other nutrients.

From a practical point of view, the translation of these indications in the everyday diet can be easier if the different foods are grouped according to their main nutritional characteristics: thus the food groups are obtained. To achieve a complete and adequate diet it will be sufficient to ensure that in the daily diet each group is represented by at least a portion of the foods that are part of it, taking care also to habitually vary the choices within each individual group.

if this article was a good source of information for you, do not miss our next Monday article when we are going to see in deep the “Food Groups”.

15 thoughts on “Why Food Variety is Great

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    Sheldon Mejia says:

    Eating “a little bit of everything” is a bad message. It also won’t give you any benefits.

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    Augustus Devlin says:

    «Healthy eating? Simple: no restrictions, no food theory, no philosophy “: just” eat in moderation “is enough” a little of everything “. Here is the quintessence of the new popular-scientific wisdom, the old and new commonplace of apparent common sense of a strange and unusual alliance of grandmothers, mothers, general practitioners and even dieticians and nutritionists altogether on TV

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    Zarah Whiteley says:

    What does “eat everything” mean? What does “a little” mean? It is clear that everyone adjusts them as he wishes. All a little in the same way, or a little in different proportions?

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    Beatriz Ray says:

    I understand that they mean probably that a mistake doesn’t have to worry every now and then, that excesses or fixations are always a mistake and above all that they want to address only “simple” people 🙂

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    Rhianne Thornton says:

    That’s not how these things are said. So they exaggerate, and risk appearing, or rather being simpler than they are.

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    Nala Case says:

    Only you @Beatriz Ray, @Rhianne Thorniton know what you are talking about. This article never said to eat a little of everything. I think it would be better for people to read through and understand what they read before putting on Rambo’s robes and starting to fire “…”

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    Vincent Mohamed says:

    I read that a varied diet is better than a restricted one and so far it does not seem to me that there are doubts. I don’t see where the controversy comes from

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    Hawwa Lindsay says:

    There are those who say not to eat, those who say they eat everything, those who say they eat everything but little, finally those who say they eat a lot but good. In short, trying to understand something is a big mess

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    Lillie-May Foster says:

    Here is finally someone who names the most loved food in the world … “PIZZA” … apparently it is the most registered keyword by google

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    Layla Estrada says:

    The purifying and detoxifying diets that promise a “toxin free” life very often do more harm than good, especially in the medium-long term and especially in our bones. It is easier than you might think.

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