Aggregate Nutrient Density Index or ANDI


ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index,” a scoring system that rates foods on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities.

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Nutrient Density according to Dr.Fuhrman and the CDC

At the center of Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian diet is a simple health equation:

Your health (H) is predicted by your nutrient intake (N) divided by your calorie intake (C).

This straightforward formula defines the nutrient density of your diet. It is the basis of nutritional science and nutritional healing  and is a critical concept that Dr. Fuhrman uses in his dietary recommendations.

Food supplies both nutrients and calories (energy). All calories come from only three elements: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Micronutrients, on the other hand, are noncaloric food factors, such as vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals. These noncaloric nutrients are vitally important for good health. The key to optimizing your health and achieving your ideal body weight is to eat predominantly those foods that have a relatively high proportion of nutrients (noncaloric food factors) to calories (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins).

Dr. Fuhrman’s dietary style is based on choosing an adequate amount of foods that have the highest nutrient density. Adequate consumption of foods high in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals is essential for a healthy immune system and to empower your body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms to protect you from cancer and other diseases. If you need to lose weight, you will find that the more nutrient dense food you consume, the more you will be satisfied with fewer calories and the less you’ll crave low-nutrient, empty calorie foods.


Aggregate Nutrient Density Index ANDI

Aggregate Nutrient Density Index Controversy and Flaws

If you take watercress – 100 grams of watercress is probably 95 grams of water and has exactly FOUR calories (yes, 4 calories)… you can ignore the water in the equation.

So if it has enough vitamins to equal 400 (quite a lot of vitamins), you divide by the number of calories and you get a nice score of 100. Sounds great, right?

Except you’ll starve to death on a watercress diet because there’s no energy in it.

A lot of the foods the CDC lists are indeed very good for you due to high vitamin content – lots of greens and cruciferous veggies of course – but you can’t subsist on them alone.

Truly high nutrient foods, like liver or butter or egg yolks, are penalized because they’re high calorie.



Green Vegetables

dark leafy greens andi


VegetableANDI Score
1. Mustard/Turnip/Collard Greens1000
2. Kale1000
3. Swiss Chard1000
4. Upland/Watercress1000
5. Bok Choy/Baby Bok Choy865
6. Chinese/Napa Cabbage714
7. Spinach707
8. Arugula604
9. Lettuce, Green Leaf585
10. Chicory516


Non-Green Vegetables

radish turnip carrot andi


VegetableANDI Score
1. Radish502
2. Turnip473
3. Carrots458
4. Acorn Squash444
5. Broccoflower444
6. Cabbage434
7. Bell Pepper, Yellow or Orange371
8. Kholrabi352
9. Cauliflower315
10. Rutabaga296



beans andi


VegetableANDI Score
1. Edamame98
2. Pinto Beans86
3. Tofu82
4. Great Northern Beans77
5. Adzuki Beans74
6. Lentils72
7. Lima Beans69
8. Kidney Beans64
9. Black Beans61
10. Chickpeas (Garbanzos)55


Nuts & Seeds

nuts and seeds andi



Nuts & SeedsANDI Score
1. Flax Seeds103
2. Sesame Seeds74
3. Sunflower Seeds64
4. Peanuts59
5. Chia Seeds46
6. Pumpkin Seeds39
7. Pistachios37
8. Chestnuts34
9. Hazelnuts34
10. Pecans33



cranberries strawberries blackberries raspberries blueberries andi


FruitANDI Score
1. Cranberries, Fresh207
2. Strawberries182
3. Blackberries171
4. Raspberries133
5. Blueberries132
6. Guava125
7. Grapefruit125
8. Grapes119
9. Pomegranate119
10. Cantalope118
11. Plum106
12. Orange98
13. Tangerine86
14. Apricots, Fresh75
15. Watermelon71



herbs andi


HerbsANDI Score
1. Basil518
2. Cilantro481
3. Spearmint457
4. Tarragon426
5. Oregano426
6. Thyme422
7. Parsley381
8. Dill326
9. Chives319
10. Peppermint293
11. Bay Leaves271
12. Rosemary84
13. Lemongrass55


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