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How much variety do we need in plant intake?

Asked on May 07, 2016
Created April 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

During the weekend, I eat a very wide variety of plants, but during the week, I mostly just saute a few handfuls of greens in the pan I just cooked my meat in for lunch/dinner. Is this unhealthy? I eat kale, spinach, swiss chard, mustard greens, collard greens, cabbage, various lettuces and microgreens. It's simple and I feel great, but am I missing something? Do I really need to "eat the colors of the rainbow" every day? For the record, I do eat beef liver once or twice a week, and I do eat fruit and other colorful vegetables on weekends.

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Yes, I am concerned about missing micro-nutrients. Maybe it's just my vegan ex-girlfriend's voice ringing in my ears.

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Hrm, I look at nutrition profiles of plants and see that they have quite a good amount of vitamins and minerals, often complimentary to what is found in animal products...

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on April 23, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Are you asking this because you're wondering if you're missing anything micronutrient-wise? You sound like you get enough vitamins/minerals. I only eat as many different veggies as I do to make my meals more interesting. If you're not deficient in anything, you probably don't need to "taste the rainbow."

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on April 23, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Short answer: no. Liver is nature's multivitamin! I would be more worried about making sure you get adequate soluble fiber to support gut flora health than anything, but it sounds like you're doing that.

I think if you look at online nutrition profiles you'll be surprised to find that plants really don't have that much vitamin or nutrient content.

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Hrm, I look at nutrition profiles of plants and see that they have quite a good amount of vitamins and minerals, often complimentary to what is found in animal products...

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on April 23, 2012
at 11:08 PM

What you're doing sounds good. Just don't actually "taste the rainbow," a la Skittles.

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on April 23, 2012
at 10:18 PM

it just sounds like you need to relax a bit. you said you feel great so feel great and don't stress yourself out. take a step back and realize how far ahead of the curve you are just by simply eating a paleo diet.

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