Nutrient Density

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You’ve heard the phrases nutrient dense foods and nutrient density, but wtf does that mean?
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For our bodies to function, we need a mix of macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients are the well known protein, carbs and fat. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. Nutrient-dense foods contain a good mix of both macro and micro nutrients. Whole,organically-grown foods are nutrient density gold standard.
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Our bodies are like a bank account. When we eat food that’s nutrient dense we’re making a deposit into our bodies so that we’re able to function properly and optimally. Things like digestion, heart beats and brain function to name a few. Kinda important. Excess fat soluble vitamins and minerals are stored in the fat, bones and teeth for use at a later date for when we need it. Like a savings account.
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When we eat processed foods, or those w. little to no nutrient value, the feeling of hunger may go away, but our body is trying to collect nutrients from the food to carry out living and can’t. Ie-we aren’t nourishing ourselves, instead we’re starving. So then it has to withdraw from our savings account (bones, teeth and fat cells) for vitamins and minerals needed to carry out regular functions to the best of its ability. If we aren’t replenishing nutrients on the reg, we start to go into overdraft, which leads to fun things like inflammation, irregular heart beats, brain fog, skin aging, bleeding gums and overall feeling like 💩👎🏼.
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Most processed foods contain little to no nutrients and contain added sodium and sugars. Hi inflammation! These supply energy w. little or no nutrition. Crash and burn. There are “better” for you processed foods, but they’re not as health supportive as foods that are untouched by human hands. EX: Whole wheat pasta versus traditional white flour pasta? Whole wheat pasta is only marginally better as it’s still highly processed with not a ton of nutrient density.
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All this to say, I find it best to choose foods that contain a good variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthful macros. The most nutrient-dense foods include fruits, veggies, whole grains, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds. Moral of the story, eat the rainbow 🌈 .
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Do you think about nutrient density?

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