It is time to replace the ineffective system of food deprivation with one of enjoyment and to shift from a philosophy of avoidance to one of encouragement. The time has some to embrace a more positive and balanced approach to eating well, focusing on tasty and nutrient rich foods that can bring positive health benefits. Selecting nutrient rich foods will allow consumers to satisfy nutrient requirements without exceeding their energy needs. Identifying foods that are nutrient rich is the goal of this post.
Nutrient density, is the concept of nutrient richness. The core concept of nutrient density is the concentration of nutrients per amount of that food or caloric contribution of that food. Simple stated, nutrient density means how many nutrients you get from a food, given the number of calories it contains. For a same amount of calories, a nutrient rich food provides many more nutrients than calories relative to the body’s needs.
Nutrients to eat – MUFA’s, calcium, fibres, iron, magnesium, PUFA’s, proteins, vitamins, potassium. nutrients to encourage.
Nutrients to limit – Trans fat, alcohol, added sugar, sodium.
Keep in mind that the nutrient rich foods mainly contain more nutrients to eat rather than nutrients to limit.