The 3 Classes of Food®

The 3 Classes of Food®

It is very important to understand how healthy or “nutrient rich” you are eating right now, and to be convinced that you are actually eating nutrient rich foods. The 3 Classes of Food will help you understand the difference between nutrient rich and nutrient poor foods.

In the Nutrient Rich® Super food Eating Plan you learn how to make the Switch up to 90% or eat More Plant-Based Nutrient Rich®, and then optimize the way you eat for nutrient density, volume, variety and great taste (free of addictive substances) so that you can eat the right amount of calories for you. This is guaranteed to help you get healthy, lose weight naturally and live longer.

Click the links below to see the nutrient density of 27 micronutrients for each class and category of food. See the nutritional profiles and notice what happens when you go from First Class Foods to Second Class Foods to Third Class Foods. To understand how this information was established, read the References Here.


First Class, Nutrient-Rich "Superfoods"

These are plant foods that are rich in virtually all of the nutrients your body needs to function, stay healthy and perform well. They also have fiber and phytochemicals, and they do not contain substances your body does not need. It is recommended that you maintain a diet that is made up of at least 90% or More Plant Based, Nutrient-Rich foods, meals and menus for the best all around results. Examples of these superfoods include:


Second-Class, Nutrient-Poor

These are animal-based foods that are rich in some nutrients but are missing whole categories of others. They also contain substances like cholesterol that the body does not need or want. It is recommended that you maintain a diet that includes no more than 10% animal foods, if you decide to eat them at all. Examples of these foods include:


Third-Class, Nutrient-Barren

These are foods of both plant and animal origin that have been refined and stripped of their nutrients. While some are added back in for nutritional and marketing purposes, most of the ingredients are highly concentrated pleasure-stimulating foodstuffs that leave you fat and sick. It is recommended that you eat these foods rarely or avoid them all together. Examples of these foods include:


 The 3 Classes of Food™ (Continued)

The 3 Classes of Food, are based on USDA Data. They rank foods by class, and then by category as determined by their nutrient density--the cornerstone for making great food choices. We picked 7 popular foods for each category of food so you can see the nutrient densities of first class, second class and third class foods.

Health=Nutrients/Calories (H=N/C) is the formula created by Joel Fuhrman M.D. stating that health (in terms of nutrition) is determined by the nutrient per calorie ratio of a food. The purpose of The 3 Classes of Food is not to drill down into the intricacies of ranking which food is higher in what individual nutrient, or which food is specifically better than another. That is more accurately handled by the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index), which was created by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

The 3 Classes of Food™, provide a higher level view, showing you nutrient density by class and category of foods based on 27 of the most well known nutrients, including the most available data on phytochemicals ( the one category of nutrients that best determine a foods’ nutrient density) and represents both known and unknown phytochemicals. There are also deductions for saturated fat, cholesterol and added sodium.

Understanding The 3 Classes of Food will help you to determine where you want to get the bulk of your foods from and why, based on the “nutrient density,” or their “nutrient richness."

This is the simplest way to determine the worlds best "superfoods" and what you want to be eating for the best results.