I’d like to introduce you ANDI. While ANDI isn’t an actual person, I assure you that you will WANT to get chummy!
Because the standard American diet is laden with disease-causing foods Dr. Joel Fuhrman developed ANDI (aggregate nutrient density index) in order to highlight which foods have the highest nutrient-per-calorie density. Check it out here.
We all know that vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. are good things to consume, but learning about the ANDI scale was a real eye-opener. It’s led me to foods and food combinations that give me the most nutritional bang for my veggie—and fruity—buck. I’ve always known that iceberg lettuce was a joke of a vegetable, but I had no idea that there was more nutritional value to kale than to spinach! Or that it’s smarter to eat strawberries than it is to eat an orange. As it turns out, eating plants in a willy nilly fashion isn’t good enough. Now my staples consist of dark green, leafy, woody cruciferous greens and berries, among other fantastic plants!
The higher we stay on the ANDI scale, the more likely we are to experience miracles within our body. An adequate consumption of micronutrients—vitamins, minerals, and other phytochemicals—without excessive caloric intake, is the key to achieving our best health. It’s no secret that “we are what we eat”; so consuming the ultimate nutrient density options does for our body what breathing in fresh air does for our lungs: the nutrient density in our body is proportional to the nutrient density of our diet.
According to Dr. Fuhrman, micronutrients fuel proper functioning of the immune system and enable the detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases. With so many people engaging in mindless “plate to mouth” health plans (and killing themselves because of it), ANDI is resource that helps you fuel your body with the most nutritionally power-packed food options (donned in invisible capes, they actually work in our bodies to fight off disease and illness too!).
You can continue to count empty calories, read confusing labels, and tabulate elaborate points systems, or you can make ANDI your best friend forever and start choosing foods that deliver the most nutrients for each calorie you consume . . . when it comes to fueling our bodies, it doesn’t get any better than that.