You Are What You Eat

By: Alysa King

Nutrient Dense

What is Nutrient Density?

Nutrient Density is a way of evaluating the nutritional quality of a food by comparing the amount of nutrients supplied in relation to the amount of calories supplied. Eating a healthy, balanced diet of nutrient-dense foods provides many nutrients that are required to maintain health. This means planning meals that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk and dairy products.. These foods provide fewer calories but are excellent sources of nutrients.

Empty Calories

What are Empty Calories?

Most empty-calorie foods are highly processed foods that contain added fat and sugar. Unlike nutrient-dense foods, empty-calorie foods or energy-dense foods are nutritionally poor food choices, as they contain more calories than nutrients. A high intake of empty-calorie foods may cause weight gain.