Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

3. What are nutrient-dense foods?

Nutrient-dense foods are foods that are rich in nutrients, but have relatively few calories. Nutrients include vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. Nutrient-dense foods are also lean or low in solid fats, and have little or no added solid fats, sugars, starches or sodium.

All vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seafood, eggs, beans and peas, unsalted nuts and seeds, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and lean meats and poultry—when prepared without adding solid fats, sugars, starches and sodium—are nutrient-dense foods.