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ANDI Food Scores

Rating the Nutrient Density of Foods

written by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. June 11, 2020
ANDI Food Scores

Dr. Joel Furhman explains ANDI food scores, which rank “the nutrient value of many common foods on the basis of how many nutrients they deliver to your body for each calorie consumed.”  The “scores are based on thirty-four important nutritional parameters.” Read on to find out more about eating well for a healthy lifestyle. 

Prevailing food myths largely contribute to our overweight population and poor health for many. Lifestyle-related diseases are the most common causes of death, but according to a 2011 poll by Consumer Reports Health, 90 percent of Americans believe that they eat a healthy diet.1

Most Americans do not understand that whole plant foods are the best for our health – they are led to believe that processed foods labeled “low-fat” or “low-carb,” artificially sweetened beverages, pasta, grilled chicken, and olive oil make up a healthful diet.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is made up mostly of disease-causing foods, with 30 percent of calories from animal products and over 55 percent from processed foods.2  In addition, 43 percent of Americans polled reported that they drank at least one sugar-sweetened drink each day, 40 percent said that they eat ‘pretty much everything’ that they want, and 33 percent of overweight and obese individuals reported that they were at a healthy weight.1

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