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Pick Up These Top 10 Green Vegetables

green vegetablesIt’s officially 2017! With New Year’s comes Resolutions. Many of us will make resolutions to get into shape or just be healthier. If either of these is one of your goals, we’ve complied an excellent list to help get you started. A great way to be healthier and slim the waistline is to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. And the easiest way to add more fruits and vegetables is to start with colors.

The best color is green. We found a list of the Top 10 Best Green Vegetables that will help you on your journey to fitness and better health. The list is based on the “ANDI Score” with a number associated with that respective food.

This scoring system was created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman for his Nutritarian Handbook and has been adopted by grocery stores nationwide. ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index” and ranks a food’s nutrient density on a scale from 1 to 1000. The ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities, and by dividing the nutrient level of a food by its caloric content (N/C).

The great thing about the index is that it’s exceptionally easy to read and understand. The higher the number, the better the food. For example, kale, a dark leafy green, scores 1000 while soda scores a 1.

Here are the top 10 most nutrient-dense green vegetables and their respective ANDI scores.

  1. Mustard/Turnip/Collard Greens – 1000
  1. Kale – 1000
  1. Watercress – 1000
  1. Bok Choy/Baby Bok Choy – 824
  1. Spinach – 739
  1. Broccoli Rabe – 715
  1. Chinese/Napa Cabbage – 704
  1. Brussels Sprouts – 672
  1. Swiss Chard – 670
  1. Arugula – 559