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Do food preferences make a difference nutritionally? That depends. If your tastes lean toward fruits and other healthy foods, you're probably at an advantage. And taking a lifetime pass on brussels sprouts—or other specific foods you find distasteful—probably doesn't matter if you get needed nutrients elsewhere.

But it could be a different story if a dislike for vegetables, an aversion to fruits, or a wariness of grains is making it difficult to meet nutritional requirements. For instance, can you list the number of fruits you like on one hand? Do days go by without anything green on your plate? Is white the only color bread you like? Don't despair. Eating healthy doesn't have to mean giving up taste and flavor in food. In fact, an understanding of what makes food enjoyable—or not—and implementing some simple strategies could help make meals and snacks both healthier and more tempting.

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