RANT: ANDI Scores

I generally think surveys and scoring systems are for people with a penchant for mathematics and the mundane . . .

and for those who need to ‘get out’ more.

But Whole Foods and health foodies alike are using the ANDI score,  a numerical value which represents how nutrient rich a food is per calorie.  This “Aggregate Nutritient Density Index” was developed by Dr Furhman*, who may or may not need to ‘get out’ more, and can be explored further here.

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Put simply, greens, like kale and collard greens, have the highest score (1000) and soft drinks have the lowest score (0).  Greens pack the most nutrition in per calorie than any other food—-so EAT THEM! OFTEN!

Now that’s NOT to say, if all you ate were greens, that you’d be nutritionally balanced, even though you’d have a high ANDI score (hence the problem with scoring systems).

You’ll need to eat a balanced diet of all kinds of veggies, predominantly greens, to maximize your nutrition and health.  (For you knuckle heads out there: you can’t  just add a leaf of kale to your bacon cheese burger and think you’re beating the system. Your body knows what you’re doing.)

So, again, if you eat a variety of foods (eggs, nuts, seeds and beans have relatively lower ANDI scores, but you need them for protein and healthy fats) including numerous vegetables of differing colors, AND LOTS OF GREENS, you’ll maximize your health, reduce aging, arthritis, and prevent diseases like diabetes and cancer.

* I’ve never met Dr Fuhrman, I’m sure he ‘gets out’ plenty—that comment was based on a photo from the header on his website and it was “judgy” of me—I am grateful he cares about our nation’s health, as I do.

** For the record, since writing this blog, I have now listened to one of Dr Fuhrman’s lectures and he seems like a pretty cool, very smart guy.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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