About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

More Diversity in the Diet Not Linked to Better Outcomes

by Bidita Debnath on October 31, 2015 at 11:54 PM
Font : A-A+

 More Diversity in the Diet Not Linked to Better Outcomes

A new study says that contrary to popular perception, eating 'everything in moderation' may actually lead to worse metabolic health as compared to eating a smaller number of healthy foods.

"'Eat everything in moderation' has been a long-standing dietary recommendation, but without much empiric supporting evidence in populations," said study first author Marcia C de Oliveira Otto, assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, US. Using data from 6,814 participants, the authors measured diet diversity through different measures.

Advertisement

These included the total count (number of different foods eaten in a week), evenness (the distribution of calories across different foods consumed), and dissimilarity (the differences in food attributes relevant to metabolic health, such as fiber, sodium or trans-fat content).

Researchers evaluated how diet diversity was associated with change in waist circumference five years after the beginning of the study and with onset of Type 2 diabetes 10 years later.
Advertisement

Waist circumference is an important indicator of central fat and metabolic health. The researchers found that more diversity in the diet was not linked to better outcomes.

Participants who had the greatest food dissimilarity actually experienced more central weight gain, with a 120 percent greater increase in waist circumference than participants with the lowest food dissimilarity.

"An unexpected finding was that participants with greater diversity in their diets, as measured by dissimilarity, actually had worse diet quality. They were eating less healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and more unhealthy foods, such as processed meats, desserts and soda," Otto said.

"This may help explain the relationship between greater food dissimilarity and increased waist circumference," Otto explained. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
Anemia among Indian Women and Children Remains a Cause of Concern- National Family Health Survey-5
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Diet Pills Low Carbohydrate Diet Atkins Diet The Cabbage Diet South Beach Diet Negative Calorie Diet Bulimia Nervosa Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Macrobiotic Diet 

Most Popular on Medindia

Selfie Addiction Calculator Drug - Food Interactions Vent Forte (Theophylline) Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Noscaphene (Noscapine) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Blood Donation - Recipients The Essence of Yoga Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Find a Doctor
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
ASK A DOCTOR ONLINE

×

More Diversity in the Diet Not Linked to Better Outcomes Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests