The Healthiest Foods

 

My husband and I went to the local farmers market today and we came across this sign at a vendor selling juices. I love things like this! I love learning about the health benefits of food. I’ve always been conscious of the foods that I put in my body and since I’m breast feeding it’s even more important now. This sign reminded me of something called an ANDI score which I had somewhat forgotten about. I first came across an ANDI score while shopping in Whole Foods in Chicago. I’m not sure what veggie I was buying at the time but there was a sign next to it with a number and the term “ANDI score”. I went home and looked up what that meant. According to Whole Food’s website, an ANDI score “shows the nutrient density of a food on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content”. Basically, it rates foods on how healthy they are. Whole Food’s website lists the top 10 foods by category: green veggies, non-green veggies, fruits, beans, and nuts & seeds. You can go to their website for the complete list but here are some interesting facts.

 

– Regardless of the category, the 10 foods with the highest scores are all green veggies

– Kale, mustard/turnip/collard greens, and watercress all have a score of 1000 (out of 1000)

– Spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and arugula are all in the top 10

– The top 3 non-green veggies are radish, bean sprouts, and red pepper

– The top 3 fruits are strawberries, blackberries, and plums

– Strawberries have a score of 212 which is crazy since that is the fruit with the highest score

 

Check out the top 10 for each category

 

As for what to do with this list…pick one veggie from the top 10 and try it this week. Tonight, inspired by this list, my husband made a dish he found online with bok choy. It was pretty yummy and we enjoyed it even more knowing how healthy it was.

 

Cheers to good health!

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