Nutrient and Energy Density: Nutrition Diva's Cheat Sheet

In this handy grid, Nutrition Diva shows you how to choose foods that optimize your nutrition and calorie intake.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

In this week's podcast, Nutrient Density vs. Energy Density, I explain the differences between energy density and nutrient density and how to choose the foods that are right for you.  

Foods with higher nutrient density are always a better choice. But energy density is a little trickier. If, for whatever reason, you're trying to maximize your calorie intake, you'll want to choose nutrient-dense foods with higher energy density.

If you're trying lose weight, on the other hand, you can make your life easier by focusing on nutrient-dense foods with lower energy density.

                        Nutrition Diva's Nutrient/Energy Density Grid 


About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.