It could be said that there is are many styles of walking, but there is one thing true amongst them all; gravity is at play. No matter how you choose to walk, if you violate the rules of gravity, you will fall.
We all learned that as babies pretty early on. We were bold, and wanting to try something new. This thing called walking and when we did, we fell. Not once, not twice but multiple times until we realized what Newtonian physics labeled as gravity hundreds of years ago, but has been in play for time immemorial.
And once we learned it, we never forgot it.
So, what’s the “gravity” of eating? What makes your nutrition which is part of the growth and development of your body?
The answer, the underlying principle, like gravity, is called nutrient density. From a nutrition perspective, health is the nutrient per calories of your food. Nutrient Density is also known as the “nutrient richness” of the foods you eat, and your diet as a whole.
I kid you not. I am not overdramatizing, nor oversimplifying; if you get this one aspect of nutrition right, you can get the rest of nutrition right. And there is much to get right, but if the bulk of the foods you are eating are not micronutrient-rich, there is a whole downstream set of effects that you will spend a lifetime trying to unravel.
And by the way, by micronutrient-rich, I’m not talking about simply vitamins and minerals alone, nor a foods’ richness as in any one vitamin or mineral, let alone its richness in protein, fat or carbs; which are nutrients but not the nutrients we’re talking bout here.
We are talking about phytochemicals. Get this right, and you can get everything else right.
In the picture above, there are micronutrient-rich foods and there are non-micronutrient-rich foods. Can you tell which ones are the nutrient-rich foods, the nutrient-poor foods, and the nutrient barren foods?