Practice Paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Selecting Nutrient-Dense Foods for Good Health

J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Sep;116(9):1473-1479. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2016.06.375.


The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage selection of nutrient-dense foods for health promotion and disease prevention and management. The purpose of this Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics practice paper is to provide an update regarding the science and practice of nutrient-dense food identification and selection. Characterization of tools used to identify nutrient density of foods is provided and recommendations for how registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered, might use available profiling tools to help consumers select nutrient-dense foods is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes
  • Dietetics / organization & administration
  • Dietetics / standards
  • Food Preferences*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Nutritional Requirements*
  • Nutritionists / organization & administration
  • Nutritionists / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • United States