ANDI Scale best and worst foods, including meat, fish, legumes, vegetables, nuts and more.

The Best and Worst Foods on the ANDI Scale

One of the best ways to prevent weight gain and disease is to maximize your micronutrients. Author Joel Fuhrman recommends what he calls a nutritarian diet – eating foods with the most micronutrients per calorie. Since most micronutrients aren't listed on labels, he created the 1,000-point Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI), which ranks foods based on micronutrient concentration. Rankings are based on a 1,000-point scale, with 1,000 indicating that a food contains the highest number of micronutrients per calorie. Here's how some food types fare on the scale.

See also: Maximize Your Micronutrients

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