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Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Jun 5;11:E95. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130390.

Defining powerhouse fruits and vegetables: a nutrient density approach.

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William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470. E-mail: dinoiaj@wpunj.edu.

Abstract

National nutrition guidelines emphasize consumption of powerhouse fruits and vegetables (PFV), foods most strongly associated with reduced chronic disease risk; yet efforts to define PFV are lacking. This study developed and validated a classification scheme defining PFV as foods providing, on average, 10% or more daily value per 100 kcal of 17 qualifying nutrients. Of 47 foods studied, 41 satisfied the powerhouse criterion and were more nutrient-dense than were non-PFV, providing preliminary evidence of the validity of the classification scheme. The proposed classification scheme is offered as a tool for nutrition education and dietary guidance.

PMID:
24901795
PMCID:
PMC4049200
DOI:
10.5888/pcd11.130390
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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