High Nutrient vs. High Calories… Which is Better?

All foods contain calories, but does every calorie contain the same amount of nutrients? No! If you want to improve your health, it is essential that you start focusing on the nutrient value of foods. Calories are still important, but in my opinion nutrient density is more important.

Nutrient density can be determined by looking at the amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc can be consumed per calorie. For example, spinach has high nutrient density… when you consume spinach you will be getting the following vitamins and minerals: vitamins A, C, DE, K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc (just to name a few).

All of these vitamins and minerals are beneficial to your health– they will help your body to heal, repair, and grow. The natural form of these vitamins are essential for health.

On the other hand, compare this with the nutrient density of processed foods. Many of these foods have been through such extreme processing measures that their nutrients have been completely stripped. You are still getting the calories (because you ate the food), but those calories are not helping your body to be healthy. They are empty calories because they are lacking in the essential properties that you need to be well.

Many people are actually starving their bodies in a way, because they are only eating foods that are lacking in nutrients. Feeding on junk food, soda, and other popular foods may taste good, but they leave you hungry for more– because your body hasn’t been fed.

Start focusing on eating more nutrient dense foods and less empty calorie processed foods, and you will be amazed at how much energy you have. Your body will be able to get the nutrients that it needs, and it turn you will be full of energy and wellness!

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