Healthy eating starts by making informed food choices. Choosing a variety of nutrient-rich foods as the foundation of what you eat can help you live a longer, healthier life. Tufts experts keep you up to date on everything from shopping for the best meats, fish, fruits and vegetables to nutrition-smart food preparation and more.
Choosing nutrient-dense foods can increase intake of health-promoting nutrients, but rankings of foods can be misleading.
August 2018 — Research shows that overall dietary patterns have a big impact on health. But people dont buy dietary patterns, they buy foods. Thats why the idea of quantifying the healthfulness of individual foods is so appealing. For packaged foods, Nutrition Facts labels are designed to help, but, more recently, the concept of nutrient density (the number of nutrients per calorie) has been gaining ground as a potential way to help consumers identify the most health-promoting foods. But trying to quantify the healthfulness of foods is a tricky matter.