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Eating Healthy on a Budget Guide

This libguide provides information and resources regarding eating healthy on a budget.

Calorie-dense vs. Nutrient-dense Foods

Definitions

Calorie Dense vs. Nutrient Dense:

  • Calorie dense foods are high in energy but low in nutrients, in other words, they have poor nutritional value. These are often processed foods with added sugars, fats, and salts.  

  • Nutrient dense foods are higher in nutritional value than calories. These are often raw, whole-grain foods or vegetables which are high in minerals and vitamins.