ANDI Food Scores: Rating the Nutrient Density of Foods

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Nutrient Density

Unlike food labels which list only a few nutrients, ANDI scores are based on thirty-four important nutritional parameters. Foods are ranked on a scale of , with the most nutrient-dense cruciferous leafy green vegetables scoring It is also important to achieve micronutrient diversity, not just a high level of a few isolated micronutrients. Eating a variety of plant foods is essential to good health.

It is important to include a wide assortment of plant foods in your diet to obtain the full range of nutritional requirements. Include onions, seeds, mushrooms, berries, beans and tomatoes as well as greens in your diet.

For your good health, take a minute to evaluate the quality of your current diet and learn which foods you need to consume to improve it. To determine the ANDI scores, an equal-calorie serving of each food was evaluated. The following nutrients were included in the evaluation: For consistency, nutrient quantities were converted from their typical measurement conventions mg, mcg, IU to a percentage of their Dietary Reference Intake DRI. For nutrients that have no DRI, goals were established based on available research and current understanding of the benefits of these factors.

To make it easier to compare foods, the raw point totals were converted multiplied by the same number so that the highest ranking foods leafy green vegetables received a score of , and the other foods received lower scores accordingly. For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and PBS television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

All material provided on the DrFuhrman. Nutrient Data from Nutritionist Pro software for an equal caloric amount of each food item was obtained. The following nutrients were included in the evaluation: Nutrient quantities, which are normally in many different measurements mg, mcg, IU were converted to a percentage of their RDI so that a common value could be considered for each nutrient.

Since there is currently no RDI for Carotenoids, Glucosinolates, or ORAC score, goals were established based on available research and current understanding of the benefits of these factors. In order to measure nutrient density, Eat Right America created rankings of foods according the nutrients they pack. This concept is explained further in Dr. One thing we do know is that the foods that contain the highest amount of known nutrients are the same foods that contain the most unknown nutrients too.

So even though these rankings may not consider the phytochemical number sufficiently they are still a reasonable measurement of their content. Quinoa is the only grain that is also a source for complete protein. Does this mean quinoa is bad or nutritionally poor? Not at all, and this is where the ANDI score system can be confusing. Of course, the ANDI score is only one tool, and sometimes it may seem quite misleading. Walnuts, flax seeds, quinoa, and avocados, for example, are known superfoods , but due to their high good fat content they have low scores.

For example, if we only ate foods with a high nutrient density score our diet would be too low in fat. So we have to pick some foods with lower nutrient density scores but preferably the ones with the healthier fats to include in our high nutrient diet.

Additionally, if a thin person or highly physically active individual ate only the highest nutrient foods they would become so full from all of the fiber and nutrients that would keep them from meeting their caloric needs and they would eventually become too thin. This of course gives you a hint at the secret to permanent weight control. As mentioned by Dr. Fuhrman, it should not be your one nutritional guiding light, but the ANDI score is a particularly helpful tool for those of you trying to lose weight, since it rates the nutritional density in relation to the caloric content of a food.

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