Nutrient Dense vs Calorie Dense Foods

What is the difference between nutrient dense and calorie dense foods?

Calorie dense foods is where the saying “empty calories” comes from — it refers to foods that provide a lot of calories without much nutritional value.

On the other hand, nutrient-dense foods are rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients important for health, without too much saturated fat, added sugars and sodium.

A lot of your foods that are calorie-dense include things like butter and processed or fried foods.

Nutrient-dense foods include things like leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and broccoli; whole grains such as wheat, corn, quinoa, and barley in the form of breads and cereals; fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and pomegranates; and oily fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and sardines.

Bear in mind though, some calorie-dense foods are also healthy for you like nuts, seeds, nut butters, avocado, etc.

If you have any questions at all please comment below.

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