While the explanation gives some information, it does not explain all the variables used, nor does it explain exactly how each number was calculated or a comparison between a few items to show how the numbers were calculated.
In addition, it doesn't reference the exact information that the methods are based on or if any adjustments were made (ie, was sodium counted in the figure and if so, at what level?)
Which values were used for each nutrient and why?
Many nutrients do not have an RDA/DRI so if a number was used, where did it come from as there are no established values.
Also, the ORAC, may have had some value at some point, but has had its value questioned so why were the ORAC numbers doubled.
paul cervantes wrote:
Keep in mind that nutrient density scoring is not the only factor that determines good health. For example, if we only ate foods with a high nutrient density score our diet would be too low in fat. So we have to pick some foods with lower nutrient density scores (but preferably the ones with the healthier fats) to include in our high nutrient diet.
So, which scale do I use to help me determine that?
Lastly, nutrient density is just one factor of a food. As the ANDI score shows, many foods can be nutrient dense, but may not be healthy. Where is the documentation and the validation that using the ANDI score improves health outcomes? In other words, we know a plant based, whole food, unrefined, unprocessed diet, is powerful in preventing and reversing disease. Where is there any evidence that such a diet but one based on only foods with "higher" ANDI scores is even better?
Let me end by repeating my main point which I posted earlier in this thread...
There are many serious problems right now and many things we all need to focus on. However, as the flight attendants tell us, we have to put the mask on ourselves and ensure our own well being and safety first, before we can help anyone else. This is not selfish or self-serving, but sane, effective and rational.
However, many people get confused and do nothing because it seems like there is so much to do. Or they put all their energy into efforts that make minimal impacts because they are confused on what matters most.
The single most important thing anyone can do to impact their health and the health of the environment, by far, is to change what they eat. I want to help make that as clear, simple and easy for everyone to do. As only 3% of Americans follow the 5 basic healthy lifestyle behaviors, my work is cut out for me.
IMH(P&P)O, the ANDI system makes it harder, not easier.