Everything in Moderation… Or Not?

After conducting a nutritional study alongside researchers hailing from the University of Texas and Tufts University, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (at Tufts) concluded that “these results suggest that in modern diets, eating ‘everything in moderation’ is actually worse than eating a smaller number of healthy foods.”  The goal of this study was to measure how human consumption of a diverse array of foods affects both waist circumference and metabolic health.  During the study, the diets of 6,814 Americans were recorded.  In particular, the differences between the amounts of sodium, trans-fats, fiber, and calories were documented, as well as the actual quantity of foods that the participants ate over periods of seven days.  Throughout the first five years of the study, researchers examined quantitatively how waist circumference varies with consumption of particular foods.  Next, researchers recorded the number of participants in the study who had acquired Type 2 Diabetes following a ten year interval (Smith).

Unfortunately, both the acquisition of disease and weight gain were discovered to be prevalent among participants who had consumed a diet consisting of a vast array of different food options.  Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health stated “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.  This may help explain the relationship between greater food dissimilarity and increased waist circumference.” (Smith).

It appears as though moderation is losing face.  How could this be?  What do you think about the relationship between diet diversity and health, as examined in this study?

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Smith, Steve. “Variety is Key?  For Healthy, Balanced Diet, A Uniform Food Routine May Be Best.” Medical Daily. 2 Nov. 2015: Medical Daily. Web. 8 Nov. 2015. <http://www.medicaldaily.com/variety-key-healthy-balanced-diet-uniform-food-routine-may-be-best-359888>


6 thoughts on “Everything in Moderation… Or Not?

  1. On Moderation. I’d like to quote a wise old mentor to us all. “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” Hippocrates c. 460-377 B.C.! The question now is~ why aren’t we listening?

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this quote- it articulates the message beautifully! And isn’t it amazing that Hippocrates had already come to this conclusion between 460-377 B.C.? Maybe it’s time to listen to the messages of the mentors that came before us and implement them into our daily lives rather than just hearing their words!

  2. Annie

    If everyone started eating healthier we could reach the balance we need in our daily lives. Eating healthier and getting the right amount of foods such as meats and desserts instead of too much of it, can greatly reduce diseases like diabetes.

  3. Paige

    I never would have thought that a uniform diet would be best. I think it depends on what the splurges are that people make and also their usual diet.

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