Nutrient-Dense Foods: prepare for this new food jargon

Food fads come and go in America as we all search for magic foods that will allow us to eat what we want while keeping us thin and healthy. Remember high-carb diets, low-carb diets, the protein craze (this one is still going on), and most recently functional foods — foods that supposedly serve a specific function like keeping us sharp for a busy day at school or the office?

The next fad seems to be what are being called nutrient dense foods. What that means exactly is, “naturally or inherently nutritious foods and beverages — ‘traditional foods rooted in folklore as beneficial and delicious,’ ” Melissa Abbott, senior director of culinary insights for The Hartman Group consumer research firm, says in article on MediaPost.

For me, pasta is a functional food, it makes me feel good. Thee days, I'm eating only multigrain pasta,
For me, pasta is a functional food, it makes me feel good. Thee days, I’m eating only multigrain pasta,

Examples of thee types of foods, MediaPost reports, include:

“Pre-boiled/pre-peeled eggs; ginger beer; nori sheets; pu-erh tea; foods enhanced with added calcium or omega-3s; high-caffeine-infused energy drinks; nuts; foods that use meal or flour made from nuts or “ancient grains” rather than processed white-wheat flour; ‘high-quality’ jerky; and foods that contain ‘good’ or ‘real’ fat (real butter in moderation or healthy oils, versus margarine).”

There’s not much on that list that I eat, how about you?


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