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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Calorie Density - mentioned on Q & A
Date: August 12, 2007 at 6:03 am PST

In Reply to: Calorie Density - mentioned on Q & A posted by Bethany on August 11, 2007 at 2:04 pm:

Hi Bethany

>>Would you mind to explain calorie density in relation to nuts
and seeds?

Nuts/seeds, though healthy and "natural", are very high in calorie
density. A pound of most nuts/seeds averages around 2800
calories per pound.

All that means is they are a food that is "easier" to overeat on. So,
if one is concerned about their weight, they would have to be more
careful with these, as they could easily overconsume them, as I
explained in the Q & As.

This why I dont just rate foods by nutrient density. I use nutrient
density and calorie density. This way we get the foods that are not
only the most nutritious but the least likely for us to overeat on.
This way , we dont have to worry so much about portion control, or
the risk of overeating, or having to struggle with being hungry.

Its a win/win/win. :)

>>I ask because I eat 1/4 cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds
(1/2 c total - these are raw and unsalted) daily for specific health
issues.

I am not sure what specific health issues you would be eating
sunflower and pumpkin seeds for, but if your willing to elaborate,
so will I.

the 1/2 cup of these is contributing around 400 calories. However,
again, you diet sounds very healthy overall. And, if they are not
effecting your weight, your healthy, and your not going feeling
hungry , than I have no problem with them.

Here is a simple process. Enter the foods you eat in a nutrition
analysis program, (there are many for free on the internet and to
be downloaded) and see if you are getting in at least all the
recommended amounts for all your nutrients.

Let me know how it comes out.

In Health
Jeff

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