Do you want to give your family foods that are healthy? Most of us answer “yes,” but a lot of us are not sure how to do that. In fact, a national study found that 52 percent of Americans think it’s easier to figure out their income taxes than to know how to choose the right foods.
To make it easier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied the nutrient densities of a number of foods to help define foods that constitute powerhouse foods. After analyzing the foods for their nutrient density, a final list was constructed, which ranks the top foods that contained greater than 10 percent of the daily value (DV) of nutrients associated with reducing chronic diseases. These foods are defined as powerhouse foods.
You’ll see leafy green vegetables have the highest scores, but all these foods are powerhouses.
Absent from the list are foods like raspberries, tangerines, cranberries, garlic, onion and blueberries, but that doesn’t mean these foods are not healthy for you. They should still be included as part of a balanced diet.
Explore how you can include these powerhouse foods in your balanced diet.
Fruit and Vegetables
Nutrient Density Score
(% DV of 100 kcal of food)
|Winter squash (all varieties)||13.89|
|Grapefruit (pink and red)||11.64|