Eating a colorful and diverse variety of foods is important for your health. A recent study has shown that having a healthy gut microbiome can lead to improved overall health. One way to help maintain a healthy gut microbiome is by eating a balanced diet with plenty of food diversity. Let’s take a look at why food diversity is important and how you can incorporate it into your meals.
What Is Food Diversity?
Food diversity is the practice of including different types of foods in your daily diet. For example, having a mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains, nuts and seeds, dairy products, and legumes can ensure that you are getting all the essential nutrients and minerals necessary for good health. Different colors represent different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can have beneficial effects on your body. By including an array of colors in your meals you are ensuring that you are getting all the nutritional benefits from each food group. Gut Health Benefits of Food Diversity
Having a balanced diet with plenty of food diversity has been linked to better digestion as well as improved mental clarity, energy levels, sleep quality, and overall health. Eating diverse plant-based foods helps to promote gut bacteria which improves nutrient absorption from the foods we eat. Additionally, it can reduce inflammation in the body which can then lead to improved immunity and better health overall. A diverse diet also helps to reduce risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
How To Incorporate More Food Diversity Into Your Diet
Incorporating more food diversity into your diet doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming! Start by choosing one new type of fruit or vegetable every week when grocery shopping or try cooking dishes from different cultures or cuisines that you haven’t tried before! Adding seasonings like herbs or spices to dishes allows you to get creative while still benefiting from the nutritional value they provide. You can also switch up protein sources like poultry or fish rather than relying on red meat all the time! Pack your snacks ahead of time so that it’s easier to make healthier decisions throughout the day! Most importantly make sure that you are enjoying each meal so that maintaining this lifestyle is sustainable!
Food diversity is becoming increasingly important for maintaining good health as research continues to uncover its many benefits for improving gut health as well as overall wellness. Women over 40 should consider adding more variety into their diets in order to reap all the associated benefits; exploring interesting flavors, experimenting with new recipes, playing around with ingredients – whatever takes their fancy! Not only will this encourage healthier habits but it will also add an element of fun into mealtime planning! With some creativity and enthusiasm incorporating food diversity into our lives doesn’t have to be boring or complicated; so go ahead – get creative in the kitchen!
EWL Members, join us for our Nutrition Diversity Class to celebrate National Nutrition Month on Friday, March 24, 2023 @ 9 AM!