Health Starts Here: ANDI Scores

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that Whole Foods has partnered with Dr. Fuhrman to help encourage a healthy lifestyle.  If you walk around a Whole Foods Market you will find a reference to an ANDI score.  ANDI stands for Aggregate, Nutrient, Density Index.  This scale was created by Dr. Fuhrman and refers to the nutrient density in a food.

The types of nutrients considered for the ANDI scale are:
Calcium, Carotenoids: Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Folate, Glucosinolates, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, plus ORAC score X 2 (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring the antioxidant or radical scavenging capacity of foods).

The highest score on the ANDI scale is 1000 with the lowest close to zero.  The ANDI scale focuses on whole foods as it is difficult to measure the nutrient density in processed foods.

So, you can see why Dr. Fuhrman claims that the healthiest diet contains lots of vegetables!  The nutrients in vegetables.

I love that Whole Foods has posted ANDI scores around the store.  It is a great reminder of the type of food we should be basing our diet on.

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