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

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
Watercress 100.00
Chinese cabbage 91.99
Chard 89.27
Beet green 87.08
Spinach 86.43
Chicory 73.36
Leaf lettuce 70.73
Parsley 65.59
Romaine lettuce 63.48
Collard green 62.49
Turnip green 62.12
Mustard green 61.39
Endive 60.44
Chive 54.80
Kale 49.07
Dandelion green 46.34
Red pepper 41.26
Arugula 37.65
Broccoli 34.89
Pumpkin 33.82
Brussels sprout 32.23
Scallion 27.35
Kohlrabi 25.92
Cauliflower 25.13
Cabbage 24.51
Carrot 22.60
Tomato 20.37
Lemon 18.72
Iceberg lettuce 18.28
Strawberry 17.59
Radish 16.91
Winter squash (all varieties) 13.89
Orange 12.91
Lime 12.23
Grapefruit (pink and red) 11.64
Rutabaga 11.58
Turnip 11.43
Blackberry 11.39
Leek 10.69
Sweet potato 10.51
Grapefruit (white) 10.47


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


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