Nutrient Dense vs Empty Calories

By Joseph Rhodes

Nutrient dense foods

Nutrient dense foods have fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and natural sugars. Nutrient dense foods are more beneficial for optimal health. They also help maintain weight and protect against diabetes. They tend to have less calories but provide more energy.

Empty Calories

These are highly processed foods that cause a lot of health problems. Examples are type 2 diabetes, weight gain and heart problems. Contain more calories then nutrients. Though these foods do have a longer shelf life and are cheaper it causes more health problems. Energy intake can exceed requirements. High in added sugars and saturated fat. Low in minerals, fiber and vitamins