Sponsored: Nutrient Dense versus Calorie Dense
A food or beverage that is nutrient dense is a good source of nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
A food that is calorie dense is a good source of calories- but usually not a good source of nutrients, or the nutrients may be overwhelmed by the amount of fat, sugar and sodium.
Here are some examples:
- 3 oz cooked baked chicken
- Baked potato
- 8 oz glass of milk
- Apple Pie
- Fried chicken nuggets with sauce
- French fries
- 12 oz sugar-sweetened soda
Make more of your choices NUTRIENT dense - rather than CALORIE dense!
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian