Nutrient Density


Nutrient Density measures the benefits you get from a food compared to the number of calories it contains. Nutrient-dense foods give you the most nutrients possible for the fewest calories. For example, some energy bars provide 15 percent of your daily folate (a B vitamin found naturally in certain foods- especially leafy greens) requirement for about 200 calories. A cup of raw spinach, on the other hand, packs the same folate punch for only 7 calories. Foods with high nutrient density provide relatively few calories (with tons of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals) and consequently give you a feeling of fullness with smaller portions. Your body gets a chance to respond and send a signal to your brain and say, “I’m full”, because it is absorbing all those healthy, delicious nutrients. As a result, your nutritional wellness and immunity system improves and as a side benefit, you get to lose excess…

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