The CDC has Ranked the Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables, and the Top 15 are Green

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Food lists often have to be taken with a grain of salt, but when the CDC develops a new classification scheme and ranks them by nutrient density, we tend to take notice.

As you can see in the graph below, leafy green vegetables dominate the rankings. Interestingly, of the 47 fruits and vegetables evaluated, only six did not meet the “Powerhouse” standard: raspberry, tangerine, cranberry, garlic, onion, and blueberry. (But that doesn’t mean that those foods aren’t also very healthy for you!)

Fruits and Vegetables                                       Nutrient Density Score
Watercress100.00
Chinese cabbage91.99
Chard89.27
Beet green87.08
Spinach86.43
Chicory73.36
Leaf lettuce70.73
Parsley65.59
Romaine lettuce63.48
Collard green62.49
Turnip green62.12
Mustard green61.39
Endive60.44
Chive54.80
Kale49.07
Dandelion green46.34
Red pepper41.26
Arugula37.65
Broccoli34.89
Pumpkin33.82
Brussels sprout32.23
Scallion27.35
Kohlrabi25.92
Cauliflower25.13
Cabbage24.51
Carrot22.60
Tomato20.37
Lemon18.72
Iceberg lettuce18.28
Strawberry17.59
Radish16.91
Winter squash (all varieties)13.89
Orange12.91
Lime12.23
Grapefruit (pink and red)11.64
Rutabaga11.58
Turnip11.43
Blackberry11.39
Leek10.69
Sweet potato10.51
Grapefruit (white)10.47

 

Visit CDC.gov to learn more about how the researchers defined and ranked the Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables list.

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