Here are some good reasons to stop eating the same thing every day – and start adding variety to your daily menu.
1. May lead to nutritional deficiencies
Our body needs nutritional values, therefore it is important to eat a wide variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables – so that our body gets everything it needs. “Eat all the colors of the rainbow when it comes to fruits and vegetables and don’t forget that frozen vegetables are just as healthy as fresh and don’t spoil as easily,” explains Wesley Delbridge, clinical dietitian and spokesperson for the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2. Harms the intestinal bacteria
Consuming a variety of foods actually provides your intestines with the right environment for the development of healthy bacteria that can improve your immune system as well as your digestive system. “Fermented foods, such as yogurt and kefir, provide probiotics (healthy bacteria). Consuming fruits and vegetables provides dietary fiber and prebiotics (food that nourishes the good bacteria) – all of which create a healthy environment in the intestines,” explains Delbridge.
3. Can delay weight loss
A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS One found that people who ate a wider variety of healthy foods were able to lose weight faster than those who ate less varied foods.
4. Can affect life expectancy
In a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers followed the health status of more than 50 thousand women. They found that those who ate healthier and more varied foods also tended to live longer, compared to women who ate the same foods every day.
5. Will reduce the pleasure of eating
“Food should be fun! It should be something you look forward to,” says Delbridge. “When you change and diversify what you eat, you expose yourself to new and wonderful foods and recipes, and it also helps maintain the pleasure of eating.”
6. May damage the digestive system
A study published in 2015 in the medical journal Journal of Nutrition revealed that people who followed a varied diet had a much lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome – a combination of various metabolic risk factors associated with diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Among people who followed a varied diet, a decrease in cholesterol level, abdominal fat and blood pressure was observed.
7. Excessive consumption of a certain nutrient
If you consume a certain food consistently and excessively, you may endanger your health. “Too much turmeric, for example, can disrupt blood clotting and liver function,” explains Monica Auslander-Moreno, a clinical dietitian. And if you eat too much fish, for example, you could find yourself suffering from mercury poisoning. Prefer to eat fish that contain a small amount of mercury, such as salmon, mackerel, herring and anchovies.
8. May damage the immune system
According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a varied menu seems to improve the immune system. The results of the study showed that people whose diet was less varied were more likely to get sick as a result of a weak immune system.
9. You may develop an eating disorder
Selective eating disorder or picky eating is a more common phenomenon among children and is characterized by the consumption of certain foods and the blanket avoidance of many foods, often those that are considered “foreign” to the person with the disorder. The reasons for avoidance can be due to the color of the food, its texture or its smell. The consequences of this can be malnutrition or unhealthy weight loss.