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How Important is a Varied Diet?

Can’t you just eat the same healthy foods every day? Technically, yes, but there is one potential downside.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
4-minute read
Episode #176

Beware the Smorgasbord Effect

There’s just one little caveat I want to mention. Variety or novelty can also lead to over-eating. Research shows that we actually feel full more quickly when eating just one thing than if we’re eating several things. Most people eat more when a meal contains lots of different dishes and courses than they do at simpler meals. And you’ve probably noticed that having a wide variety of snacks and treats on hand can lead you to eat more than you would if you only had one option.  

Use this to your advantage. When it comes to desserts or football snacks, keep the variety to a minimum. But if you want your family to eat more vegetables, try serving two or even three different vegetables with meals!

See also: How to Get More Vegetables

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.