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J Food Sci. 2008 Nov;73(9):H222-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2008.00963.x.

Nutrient-rich foods: applying nutrient navigation systems to improve public health.

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  • 1University of Washington Center for Obesity Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


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.

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