How Healthy are Your Fruits and Veggies? | Work It Training

Have you heard of the ANDI Index or the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index? It is a scale or index which rates foods based on an evaluation of their micronutrients including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacity. The scale ranges from 1 to 1000, 1000 being the highest score possible.

The ANDI Index was created by medical doctor and author Joel Fuhrman, M.D. after his extensive experience and research in helping people lose and maintain their weight. His book “Eat Right America” includes tips on how to lose weight by eating foods that are better for you. Whole Foods Market recently adopted his index to categorize their food offerings. Here are some of the food ratings.

Vegetables:
(1000) Mustard, Collard and Turnip Greens
(1000) Kale
(824) Bok Choy
(739) Spinach
(715) Broccoli Rabe
(672) Brussels Sprouts
(670) Swiss Chard
(444) Bean Sprouts
(337) Turnip
(295) Cauliflower

Fruits:
(212) Strawberries
(178) Blackberries
(130) Blueberries
(109) Orange
(97) Kiwi
(91) Watermelon
(72) Apple
(64) Pineapple
(60) Apricot

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