So what makes a difference in ones health is not only intaking healthy foods, but nutrient density. I will be explaining the differences in nutrient density and how it differs from caloric density foods.
Nutrient dense foods are food that are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
Calories dense foods may or may not be high in nutrients as others. A nutrient dense food may also be caloric dense.
The next lists are the three types of nutrient dense foods: high, medium, and low nutrient dense foods.
High Nutrient Density (Good)
– Non-starchy vegetables (raw leafy green vegetables > solid green vegetables > all other non-starchy vegetables
– fresh fruits
Medium Nutrient Density
– starchy vegetables
– whole grains
– raw nuts and seeds
– fat-free dairy
Low Nutrient Density (not as good)
– red meats
– full-fat dairy
– refined grains – crackers, chips, white pasta, etc.
– refined sweets – sugar, baked goods, candy, soda
Make sure to get those high nutrient density foods in. Eat these frequently.
Medium nutrient density foods eat keeping portions in mind.
Low nutrient density foods, you want to eat sparingly. These food have low nutrients that the body needs and are not as healthy as high or medium nutrient foods. A lot of foods that are low nutrient foods tend to be also calorie dense and easily over eaten.
So even those those who swear by bacon, keto/low carbohydrate believers, your bacon is not high in nutrients at all.