Nutrient Dense or Empty Calories?

BY: Hannah Schurz

What are Nutrient Dense Foods?

Nutrient Dense foods are beneficial for optimal health. They are low in calories and provide energy for long amounts of times. Nutrient dense foods include nutrients such as, vitamins, minerals, fiber, natural sugar, complex carbs, and protein. The health benefits are endless with nutrient dense foods. The benefits include heart health, lower risks of diabetes, better bones and moods, and they help you live longer,

What are Empty Calorie Foods?

Empty calorie foods are processed foods containing added fat and sugar. Nutritionally empty calorie foods are poor choices. Empty calorie foods are more readily available compared to nutrient dense foods. Empty calories foods have longer shelf life, but have poor effects on health. These food may cause weight gain.