As part of a study by a team of researchers at the University of Bristol, the testing of humans to favor energy densed foods is balanced based on the consumption of various different foods.
Published in the journal Appetite, the novel research consisted of two studies with 45 adult participants in the first and 83 participants in the second.
What researchers established: “Together, this work provides new evidence that micronutrient composition influences food choice (a form of ‘nutritional wisdom’) and it raises questions about whether nutritional requirements are otherwise met through dietary variety seeking.”
“In turn, it also exposes the potential for a complexity human dietary decision making that has not been recognised previously.”
“Our findings also challenge widely held beliefs about how humans maintain a balanced diet. Variety seeking has long been regarded as the key process by which micronutrient richness is achieved.”