‘Nutrient Density’, is the latest buzz word that is popping up everywhere, from magazine articles to products that line the health food store shelves. It refers not to the macronutrients,( ie. protein, carbohydrate, and fat) but the micronutrients that are so depleted in our diet in North America today.
Unlike macronutrients, micronutrients contain no calories, and they are the backbone to achieving and maintaining great health. They are the components in our diet that help us to heal, build good blood, enable deep sleep, reduce stress, regulate hormones, restore energy and help to keep our waist lines slimmer.
The World Health Organization agrees, referring to micronutrients as the “magic wands” that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development.”(1)
Leafy green vegetables, green herbs, and green super foods are among the most power packed ways in which to increase the nutrient density in your diet.