I was doing research recently with one of our nutritional research partners, Nutrition Facts headed by Michael Greger MD., who is our on expert advisory panel. What I found blew my mind, actually just a few big preconceived ideas I had about the nutrient density of certain foods, like apples, pears and plumbs. It seems our … Continue Reading!
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Nutrient-rich, low-calorie foods can enhance your wellness and support healthy, long-term weight management. According to the Mayo Clinic, a diet based upon foods rich in nutrients, fiber and/or water, yet relatively sparse in calories, can allow you to eat more food volume while ingesting fewer overall calories. For best results, aim for a variety of nutrient-rich, low-calorie foods and modest portions of denser foods, such as nuts, seeds and plant-based oils. Continue Reading!
Nutritional science in the last twenty years has demonstrated that colorful plant foods contain a huge assortment of protective compounds, mostly of which still remain unnamed. Only by eating an assortment of nutrient-rich natural whole foods can we access these protective compounds and prevent the common diseases that afflict Americans. Our modern, low-nutrient eating style has led to an overweight population, the majority of whom develop diseases of nutritional ignorance, causing our medical costs to spiral out of control - Joel Fuhrman M.D. Continue Reading!
Though micronutrient density is critically important, it is not the only factor that determines health. For example Vitamin D levels, B12, and proper omega-3 intake are important for optimal long-term health as well as avoidance of sodium and other toxic excesses. These concerns are not addressed in the H = N/C equation. However, if the focus is consuming more micronutrient-rich natural foods then the other important nutritional benefits automatically will follow, such as lower sodium, reduced calories, high fiber and volume, a low glycemic index, and a high satiety and phytochemical index to name a few. Continue Reading!
The consumption of nutrient-dense foods and beverages, which would ultimately be identified by a scientifically validated nutrient density profiling system, should be instituted as a nutrition platform in the Dietary Guidelines as a part of a larger educational effort to help people choose more nutrient-dense foods and as the guiding principle for consumers to plan healthful diets. Continue Reading!