Which is better for you…carbs, fat, or protein?
This is a frequent nutritional topic, and different people have contrasting opinions.
However, perhaps nutrient density is what we should be focusing on.
Nutrient density refers to the foods that contain the very highest amount of beneficial nutrients.
What Is Nutrient Density?
First of all, we can define nutrient density by looking at how nutritious a food is compared to the total amount of calories it provides.
Although steak and beef liver both offer large amounts of nutrients, liver provides more. As it also contains fewer calories, beef liver is higher in nutrient density than steak. In fact, it is probably the most nutrient-dense out of all foods.
In contrast, energy-dense foods are what we should try to avoid. These foods provide a substantial number of calories and offer very little in terms of nutrients.
Some examples of these poor-quality foods include refined carbs like bread, pasta, and white rice. Additionally, sugars and vegetable oils are among the worst foods to be eating.
There are also other foods such as butter which are relatively energy-dense.
While butter is perfectly healthy as a condiment, I don’t feel we should go overboard on it (i.e. bulletproof coffee) as it only displaces more nutritious foods.
Within the articles in this nutrient density section, you’ll find a look at the healthiest foods across all food groups.
Should We Always Eat Nutrient-Dense Food?
Well, it’s a good idea, and doing so certainly brings more beneficial nutrients into our diet.
For example, a diet plan including a couple of nutrient-dense foods for each meal is likely to be very healthy.
However, it’s not necessary to always aim for the highest tier of food.
Do what you can, but don’t feel bad if it isn’t 100% perfect.