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Too many tasty foods? Your scale could soon read too many new pounds.

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For decades, nutrition experts have said that eating a wide variety of foods is key to controlling weight and staying healthy.

But that seemingly common-sense mandate might not always add up to the healthiest diet, according to a new scientific advisory from the American Heart Association.

Indeed, heeding the advice to eat a more diverse diet could lead to increased calorie consumption, weight gain and a more unhealthy diet overall.

The new advisory points out that there are many ways to define a varied diet, and some of them aren’t so healthy.

“The mantra of ‘everything in moderation’ — even refined grains, sugary foods and processed foods — has left consumers confused,” says Amy Keating, a nutritionist at Consumer Reports.

“And I think this new advisory shows that taking that ‘variety’ message too far is not ideal.” Several of the studies examined in the AHA advisory found that more often than not, people who ate a large number of different types of foods ate more processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined grains and salty snacks.

“Even in diets that included a wide variety of healthy foods, we didn’t see the benefits — like lower risk of diabetes and obesity — we expected, possibly because those diets also included high quantities of unhealthy foods,” Otto says.

The same goes for meals — having more types of dishes on the table could lead to overconsumption.

“When people are exposed to different tastes in one meal, the feeling of being full is delayed and they eat more,” Otto says.

With few unhealthy choices hanging around, you’ll be less likely to overindulge.

Author: @DailyCupofYoga


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