The ANDI or the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index is a scale that has been designed to measure the content of nutrients in fruits and vegetables. The food can now be ranked from 1 to 1000 according to the content of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and plant-based compounds that they contain.
Wondering what are the highest foods on this scale? Leafy vegetables! This means that a regular consumption of leafy greens will help take in a considerable amount of nutrients that bring a heavy and positive impact on the health. Here are 7 leafy greens that should be included in your everyday diet.
1. Mustard Greens (Score – 1000)
These leafs are loaded with a great number of antioxidants. In combination with Vitamin C, K, and A, they will protect the body against the action of harmful free radicals.
Antioxidant Benefits from Mustard Greens
Although you might not typically expect a very low-fat food like mustard greens—which contain only 2/3 gram of fat in one cooked cup—to be an excellent source of fat-soluble antioxidant vitamins, mustard greens are our 5th best source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and our 7th best source of vitamin E among all 100 of our WHFoods! (This reflects that a food is simply not required to contain a large amount of fat in order to provide ample amounts of fat-soluble vitamins.) And as our 16th best source of the antioxidant mineral manganese, as well as our 18th best source of the water-soluble antioxidant vitamin C, mustard greens are a truly excellent source of conventional antioxidant support.