What is Nutrient Density?
Nutrient density is the ratio of nutrients to calories.
There are two types of food:
1. Foods that are high in calories and very low in nutrients such as white bread, chips, cookies, cakes and processed foods.
2. Foods that are very high in nutrients for example, apples, carrots, nuts and seeds, leafy green vegetables, beans and tomatoes.
Healthy food contains vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals(plant nutrients) essential for proper functioning of the immune system and help our body’s detoxification and repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases. The more colourful the food, the more nutrient dense. Eat mostly fresh natural foods to stay healthy!
Above is a chart to help show which foods are the most nutrient dense and healthy to eat.