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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. adamdrew@u.washington.edu

Abstract

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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