Dictionary Definition: nutrient dense
- nutrient dense
- Nutrient-dense foods and drinks provide important vitamins and minerals and relatively few calories. The term ""nutrient dense"" also means that these foods and drinks have not been processed or prepared in a way that added a lot of calories from refined starches, sodium, solid fats, or sugar. Examples include fat-free and low-fat milk products or substitutes; fruits and vegetables; protein sources such as beans and peas, eggs, lean meats, poultry, seafood, and unsalted nuts and seeds; and whole grains.