Nutrient density is the last thing we think about before eating something, yet it is one of the most important aspects to consider. Nutrient density is the ratio of nutrients/calories in any type of food. Fairly recently our population has become extremely aware of how many calories we are consuming. To solve this we process our food more, which in turn lowers the nutrient value significantly. Foods like ice cream, cake, cookies, and chocolate are all foods that are higher in calories then nutrients. The chart below shows the percentage of nutrients to calories. For example red meat has only 8 percent nutrients and 92 percent calories. That seems like a lot, but on occasion the nutrients are worth the calories gained. Anything above 8 percent would be considered on the healthy side of foods, while anything below 8 percent would not be considered necessary and would only be harming the body rather than improving it.
What we need to realize is there is an extremely low possibility to consume too much nutrients, while it is very possible to consume too many calories. Too many calories will result in weight gain and an excess of free radicals, which cause your body to break down from the inside out. Nutrients on the other hand, like antioxidants, neutralize these free radicals. The diagram below shows all the benefits antioxidants give us.
What may deter people from choosing to eat properly is price and time available to cook something starting from scratch. This can be remedied with a simple search online where there are many easy low calorie recipes under 5 dollars. For example when I typed in “under 5 dollar meals” and clicked on the first link, it gave me breakfast, lunch, and dinner options to feed 4 people under 5 dollars. http://save-a-lot.com/products/meals. With this information at our finger tips the only thing that should be preventing us from choosing the proper foods is our ever growing levels of laziness.