Giving Compass' Take:

• Writing for TIME, Alice Park discusses new research that shows that a diverse diet may not be the healthiest choice, but it depends on what people define as "diverse." Are vegans healthier than those who eat meat, but also snack?

• It's important to see studies like these in context and make sure people are exposed to all information. How can those in the healthcare sector spread greater awareness about nutrition and best diet practices?

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Most healthy eating advice focuses on eating a variety of foods to ensure you’re sampling from a range of different food groups. That way, health experts say, you’re more likely to get everything that your body needs.

But in the latest review of the topic, scientists found that having a diverse diet may not necessarily lead to better health.

In a statement published in the journal Circulation, the American Heart Association reviewed the available studies and reported that there is little scientific support for the idea that a varied diet leads to good health outcomes — especially when it comes to lowering risk of chronic conditions like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, more diverse diets, according to some of the latest studies the AHA committee reviewed, were linked to worse outcomes on these measures.

That’s because existing studies defined diversity in different ways, the scientists found, and also because people interpreted the need to eat a variety of foods in different ways.

Read the full article about a the pros and cons of a diverse diet by Alice Park at TIME.