Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Top 10 Produce Most Nutritional Bang for Your Buck

Rankings of the best, cheapest veggies:
    a couple inspect a product at a grocery store
  1. Cabbage*
  2. Collard greens
  3. Mustard greens
  4. Turnip greens
  5. Carrots
  6. Cauliflower heads
  7. Brussels sprouts
  8. Broccoli florets* [get frozen]
  9. Spinach  [get frozen]
  10. Cauliflower florets
So if you want to spend only so much money on fresh vegetables, go green -- as in cabbage and leafy greens. They'll bring the most nutrition for relatively little money.

You may wonder why sweet potatoes didn't make the Top 10 or why broccoli is lower on the list. After all, both made The Best 10 Foods list created by the food police at Center for Science in the Public Interest. It's because they're relatively pricey. The list above emphasizes foods based on both cost and nutrition.
 *EWG says these have less pesticide residue.

  1. Watermelon
  2. Plums
  3. Oranges
  4. Apples
  5. Strawberries
  6. Cantaloupe
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Bananas
  9. Kiwi
  10. Peaches
[Blueberries & Cherries*
So if you want to spend only so much money on fruit, go with watermelon, plums, oranges and apples to get the most nutrition for relatively little dough.
(The nutritional scores for various produce were determined by the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) rating method used by the Whole Foods chain and others.  )

BroccoliOccasional veggies to reference for my menu:

Summer Squash
Winter  Squash*
Peppers, Garlic and Onions
 Bok Choy
 Chinese cabbage
Beet greens

just for for salad/salsa:
red cabbage

*get frozen

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