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Meal variety can contribute to a higher calorie intake, potentially boosting calorie consumption by 29 percent. There doesn’t seem to be a simple reason why this happens, but perceived volume and prior experience with the food can possibly impact your portion-size decisions. So resist the sensory overload of colors, textures and aromas on every plate and in every bowl. When meal planning, prep for this “variety effect” by getting back to basics and selecting foods exceptionally rich in nutrients as well as taste.