The Pros and Cons of Nutrient Density

Choosing nutrient-dense foods can increase intake of health-promoting nutrients, but rankings of foods can be misleading.

Research shows that overall dietary patterns have a big impact on health. But people don’t buy dietary patterns, they buy foods. That’s why the idea of quantifying the healthfulness of individual foods is so appealing. For packaged foods, Nutrition Facts labels are designed to help, but, more recently, the concept of nutrient density (the number […]


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