Are you nutrient dense?

Health and Fit Tip

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“The challenge of healthy eating boils down to getting a wide variety of nutrients delivered to your body at a reasonable caloric cost. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and thousands of other micronutrients whose contribution to human health are still the subject of ongoing research.

Since the majority of processed foods sold in supermarkets (and consumed in fast food restaurants) are calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, individuals are hit with a double whammy. They gain weight while at the same time depriving their organs of vital building blocks for health.

To reverse this trend, one must revert to eating foods that are nutrient-dense: foods that provide the biggest bang for your caloric buck. Not surprisingly, these are whole foods, usually unprocessed. They come from both the plant and animal kingdom. Some are low in calories while others are not.

Some examples:

  • Salmon
  • Sweet potato
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Berries
  • Sardines
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Yogurt
  • Greens such as kale.

Take stock of what you eat today. How many of your meals are comprised of whole foods? What can you do to reduce the percent of processed products in your pantry?” -Fooducate App

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