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Nutrient Dense Foods
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Why should you choose an apple over a bag of pretzels if they have the same number of calories? If calories were all that counted it would simply be a matter of taste. Nutrients are important too—and the apple gives you fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Eileen Kennedy, D.Sc., R.D., dean of Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, says, “If Americans choose foods based on nutrient density they will, essentially, be choosing foods based on quality. Think about choosing a potato instead of potato chips, or a banana instead of a soda. Opt for a plate with lots of vegetables, and skip the dinner roll. Ignore the cake and go for the fruit.”

Nutrient-dense foods provide more nutrients and usually fewer calories per unit volume.

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

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