Nutrient-Dense Foods Are the Key to Good Health

Many people focus on eating organic foods to stay healthy, but the real secret is nutrient-density of the food. Nutrient-dense foods are vital to ensure long term health and freedom from disease.


| September 20, 2013



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"The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food" by Steve Solomon is a practical, step-by-step guide to growing produce of the highest nutritional quality.


Cover Courtesy New Society Publishers

Centuries of agriculture have depleted our soils causing the nutrient-density of fruits, grains and vegetables to decline dramatically, but the health of effects of eating foods that are not nutrient dense are widely misunderstood. This excerpt from The Intelligent Gardener (New Society Publishers, 2012) by Steve Solomon explains nutrient-density and the role it plays in achieving better health for you and your family.

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Nutrient-Dense Foods

Achieving a nutrient dense diet involves perfecting three things. First: some entire food classes are more nutrient dense than others; we need to avoid foods with little intrinsic nutritional content. Second: some batches or lots of the same kind of food can be far more nutrient dense than others. These differences can be due to genetics, but usually have more to do with the soil on which the foods were grown and sometimes at what stage of maturity they were harvested. Finally, some foods have been devitalized, that is, processed so as to reduce their nutrient content. White flour and refined vegetable oils are two glaring examples.

Different productions of the same type of crop can vary greatly in nutritional quality. The same variety of wheat can have very different protein levels depending on the soil and, to a lesser degree, according to the amount of rainfall that year. Some varieties of same kind of vegetable have far higher levels of vitamins and minerals. So, the same is not really the same.

Another class of differences in nutrient-density is between types of food. This conversation is sometimes termed “making healthy choices.” For example, wheat usually is far more nutrient dense than rice. In fact, rice is probably the least nutritious of the major cereals, especially white rice. So if it were possible to choose between rice and some other grain, it might be wise to avoid rice.

maggieowl
11/6/2013 10:58:51 PM

The cat study referred to tries to apply an old scientific study by Dr. Pottenger in 1930 inappropriately. The study compared feeding generations of cats with cooked food and with raw food. It certainly cannot be used to talk about genetic diseases in humans. According to Wikipedia, "At the time of Pottenger's Study the amino acid taurine had been discovered but had not yet been identified as an essential amino acid for cats. Today many cats thrive on a cooked meat diet where taurine has been added after cooking. The deficient diets lacked sufficient taurine to allow the cats to properly form protein structures and resulted in the health effects observed." It is understood today that genetic disorders are not cured with diet, nutrient dense or not.


ashspring
11/6/2013 1:55:08 PM

Nonsense. Many words,little actual information or verifiable content. And a completely illogical & unscientific conclusion: " Every healthy community Price visited — which included humans of every color, shape and hair texture, who had many types of lifestyles and ate many types of diets — was found to be composed of good-natured, honest, responsible people possessed of an innate spiritual awareness that did not require regular church attendance to awaken. Their women did not fear childbirth, did not suffer much during it and rarely died from it. And the reason for their health: nutrient-dense foods." Not even a definition of WHAT nutrient dense foods are or how to find them. Buy the book? No.


sherry joj
10/11/2013 1:12:17 AM

This is a nice little introduction to the importance of traditional diets, and I was going to share it via various social media--until I got to the end and read the totally unnecessary and bigoted slap at regular church attenders.


johns
9/30/2013 9:00:52 PM

Steve Solomon is once again absolutely correct. He uses the same idea as Joel Fuhrman-nutrients divided by calories. The reason he didn't say the three foods that everyone has to eat is that there aren't three. If you read the article, you would have learned that there are huge varieties of foods you can eat and be extremely healthy, but they must be nutrient dense. He does mention some of them. If your soil or where you bought them from has lots of organic life in it, you have nutrient dense foods. John S


m
9/30/2013 9:25:08 AM

5 pages of useless words. Nothing about hoe to find or produce high nutrition density foods or how to determine if you have then


sania
9/23/2013 3:34:31 PM

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sania
9/23/2013 3:34:28 PM

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