|Description:||Here we have a bowl of beef chili and crackers, and an accompanying glass of water. A delicious food, chili, when made with beef, is much higher in its calorie-density than its nutrient-dense, vegetarian counterpart, made with soy.|
Nutrient-dense foods and beverages provide vitamins, minerals, and other substances that may have positive health effects with relatively few calories. The term “nutrient dense” indicates that the nutrients and other beneficial substances in a food have not been “diluted” by the addition of calories from added solid fats, added sugars, or added refined starches, or by the solid fats naturally present in the food. Nutrient-dense foods and beverages are lean or low in solid fats, and minimize or exclude added solid fats, sugars, starches, and sodium. Ideally, they also are in forms that retain naturally occurring com¬ponents, such as dietary fiber.