Blog Posts by Maggie Lichtenberg

  • Nutrient Dense Foods - What Are They?

    Nutrient Dense FoodsNutrient Dense FoodsNutrient-dense foods have a high nutrient/calorie ratio. Meaning they are rich in nutrients when compared to their calorie content.

    A good example of a nutrient-dense food is strawberries. One cup of strawberries contains only 150 calories, but 3.5g fiber, a massive 86mg of vitamin C and a useful 26.9mcg of folate.

    Nutrient-dense foods are the oppposite of empty-calorie foods which are low in nutrition when compared to their calorie content.

    Food fulfills three basic needs:

    (1) to provide energy;

    (2) to support new tissue growth and tissue repair; and

    (3) to help regulate metabolism.

    These three requirements are met by components of foods called "nutrients", which consist of six classes: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.

    Foods that are "nutrient dense" supply a significant amount of these nutrients for their calories. A high-performance diet emphasizes nutrient-dense carbohydrates necessary to maintain muscle

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