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Like three quarters of all Americans, you’ve likely bought a potato or banana in the past year.

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On a more nuanced level, food diversity has the power to sway how effectively your body functions, said nutritionist Dr. Deanna Minich. There’s less evidence about exactly why this is the case it could be tied Canada Goose Outlet to the diversity of our microbiome, which impacts things like brain function and digestion. It could also have to do with the reduced inflammation and lower risk of food allergies that comes with canada goose black friday sale a diverse diet.

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“I think it all comes into [a store's] front line workforce, where they have programs that actually help educate consumers,” Stein said.

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