What is Nutrient Density?
There are only two reasons to eat food (as far as your brain and body is concerned):
- Get energy (calories)
- and Get nutrition
So if you want to be healthy and fit (and you do), the secret is to simply get maximum nutrition on minimum calories.
This is nutrient density and it is Rule #2.
The first two rules of 10 Rules of Health and Fitness After Age 50
#1 - Lift Heavy Things
#2 - Increase Nutrient Density
Your Simple Strategy
Increase nutrients obtained per calorie consumed. That's healthy eating.
You might be surprised to find out that your current diet is leaving you malnourished. You're not getting adequate nutrition for optimum health and yet you're eating a crap-ton of calories.
That's poor nutrient density and unhealthy.
Take a look below at the nutrients from 3 oz of salmon on the left and 3 oz of ding dongs on the right.
Oh, and understand that 3 oz of salmon is about 150 calories while 3 oz of ding dongs is about 375 calories.
So you can get good nutrient density on the left, consuming 150 calories to obtain it or go with crappy, modern, pre-packaged frankenfoods (full disclosure, I used to eat Ding Dongs out in the bay clamming, loved those things), eat more than double the calories and get nearly nothing in return.
Note: The images (below) are taken from Cronometer. It's a great site for evaluating food quality.
Salmon, 3 oz, 150 calories
Ding Dongs, 3 oz, 375 calories
- animal protein (meat, fish, fowl, eggs)
#1 - Lift Heavy Things#2 - Increase Nutrient Density
Try more off that. Tell me how you feel.
Stay tuned for Rule #3.