Diets in Review - Find the Right Diet for You

Nutrient Rich Foods: Learn Them and Eat Them!

ADA PyramidI say it often and I know you’ve heard others say it, but nutrient rich foods are key for your health and for weight loss (or weight maintenance). I recently received some information about the Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition (NRF) and decided to check out their website. In doing so, I found some great information about incorporating nutrient rich/dense foods into your diet.

What is the NRF?

The Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition website describes this group as “a partnership that brings together leading scientific researchers, communications experts and agricultural commodities. Our members are composed of 12 food commodity associations that represent the five basic MyPyramid food groups.” Meaning, this group consists of experts in each of the five food groups (milk, grains, vegetables, oil, fruits). The website offers several tools that the public can understand and incorporate into their lives with the focus being on making calories count by choosing nutrient rich foods.

What are Nutrient Dense Foods?

Nutrient dense foods are foods that pack a punch. Unlike empty calories, calories that provide little to no nutrients and a lot of calories; nutrient dense foods provide tons of vitamins and minerals and only a few calories. These type of foods are the foods needed to help you lose and control your weight and help reduce your risk of poor diet associated diseases.

Examples of Nutrient-Rich Foods

The list below was taken from the NRF website:

  • Brightly colored fruits and 100% fruit juices
  • Vibrant colored vegetables and potatoes
  • Whole, fortified and fiber-rich grain foods
  • Low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Lean meat, skinless poultry, fish, eggs, beans and nuts

I was excited learning about the NRF. I think it offers great tools, tactics, and insight that one needs to lead a healthy lifestyle. I encourage you to look and see what new information you can learn and incorporate into your life!

April 14th, 2009