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The most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables

The Truth

TRIBE Member
June 23, 2014 11:32 am

TORONTO – Take a peek in your fridge and fruit bowl – are they packed with powerhouse fruits and vegetables? A new study is ranking produce based on how nutrient-dense each item is with watercress, cabbage and beet greens topping the list.

That’s based on 17 critical nutrients our bodies need: fibre, potassium, protein, calcium folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D among others.
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“A powerhouse fruit or vegetable is a fruit or vegetable that’s packed with nutrients that are beneficial in preventing chronic disease,” lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Di Noia said in a video. The William Paterson University scientist’s findings were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal.

Her hope is that her rankings will help consumers make the best choices at the grocery store.

Of 47 foods studied, only six – raspberries, tangerines, cranberries, garlic, onions and blueberries – didn’t satisfy the powerhouse criterion.

That’s not to say they’re not healthy, though. Di Noia emphasizes that consumers shouldn’t eat strictly those at the top of the list, while avoiding others. Reach for a bounty of produce when making your meals, she suggested.

Here’s the list of 41 nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables:

Cruciferous vegetables and dark leafy greens made up most of the top.

1. Watercress
2. Chinese cabbage
3. Chard
4. Beet greens
5. Spinach
6. Chicory
7. Leaf lettuce
8. Parsley
9. Romaine lettuce
10. Collard green
11. Turnip green
12. Mustard green
13. Endive
14. Chive
15. Kale
16. Dandelion green
17. Red pepper
18. Arugula
19. Broccoli
20. Pumpkin
21. Brussels sprouts
22. Scallions
23. Kohlrabi
24. Cauliflower
25. Cabbage
26. Carrot
27. Tomato
28. Lemon
29. Iceberg lettuce
30. Strawberries
31. Radish
32. Winter squash (all varieties)
33. Orange
34. Lime
35. Grapefruit (pink and red)
36. Rutabaga
37. Turnip
38. Blackberries
39. Leeks
40. Sweet potato
41. Grapefruit (white)

Eat these fruits and vegetables raw or cooked, just steer away from boiling them, Lauri Wright, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman told Health Day.

“Fresh, you have 100 percent of the vitamins and minerals,” she said. “When you cook it, you might lose a small percentage, but it’s not significant.”

Boiling your vegetables can lose most of the nutrients – but hang onto the water and include a spoonful with each serving or add it to soups, Di Noia told Health Day.

The 41 most nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables | Globalnews.ca

the list with the nutrient scores
Watercress tops list of ‘powerhouse fruits and vegetables.’ Who knew? - The Washington Post
 

Aaron Bradley

TRIBE Promoter
This is awesome! I wonder if you can put those all (or most of them) into something and still keep it nice and yummy?
 

Deus

TRIBE Member
I'll have to google about half of these...

What is the difference between boiling and cooking?

Boiling is boiling it in water and cooking is using them as ingredients in other dishes?

I thought it was the heat which destroys the nutrients not the way it is cooked.
 

Ho||yw0oD

TRIBE Member
I'll have to google about half of these...

What is the difference between boiling and cooking?

Boiling is boiling it in water and cooking is using them as ingredients in other dishes?

I thought it was the heat which destroys the nutrients not the way it is cooked.
Heating results in very little nutrient loss. Boiling results in the many nutrients going into the water.
 

Bacchus

TRIBE Promoter
^ there's no nutrient loss if you're eating the water after - i.e. soup.

that said, i'm surprised that Avocado isn't on here. It's incredibly nutritionally dense.
 
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