It’s simple, but…
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
“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.
It hurts your gut health
“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.”