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Nutrient-Rich Foods: Applying Nutrient Navigation Systems to Improve Public Health
- Drewnowski, A., Fulgoni, V.L., Young, M.K., Pitman, S.
- Journal of food science 2008 v.73 no.9 pp. H222
- foods, nutritive value, nutrient content, public health, consumer education, food choices, food consumption, diet, energy intake, nutrient density, consumer surveys, nutritionists, nutrition information
- The American diet is high in calories, but low in nutrients. To help consumers obtain more nutrition from the calories they consume, research is underway to develop a nutrient profiling approach that can be used to evaluate individual foods and help people build healthful diets. A nutrient profiling system that rates individual foods based on their nutrient content needs to be both science-driven and user-friendly, allowing consumers to make more healthful food choices within and across all the food groups. A recent survey, commissioned by the Nutrient Rich Food Coalition, reveals that the majority of consumers and nutrition professionals believe that better information about a food's total combined nutrient content would be effective and useful in helping them make more nutrient-rich food choices.