Whole Foods Market Adopts “ANDI” Nutrition Rating System

Just when we thought we had covered all the nutrition rating systems out there, here’s a new system being implemented at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. ANDI, short for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, is the brainchild of author, MD, and founder of Eat Right America, Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

The ANDI system is a part of a bigger initiative by Whole Foods, entitled Health Starts Here, which encompasses not just making healthy food available, but also providing education on what to do what with that food (culinary lessons, 28 day programs to jump start healthy eating habits…).

The healthy eating principles WFM is promoting are:

  • plant based diet
  • whole foods (less processed flours, for example)
  • low fat – or the right fats (unsaturated, more from plants and less from animals)
  • nutrient dense (that’s where ANDI comes in)

The ANDI score, based on a Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutrient Density Scoring System analyzes many nutrients in a food product

Calcium, Carotenoids: Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene, Fiber, Folate, Glucosinolates, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, plus ORAC score X 2 (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a method of measuring the antioxidant or radical scavenging capacity of foods).

The data for whole foods such as produce, grains, and legumes is relatively easy to analyze based on USDA databases. It is much more complicated to get accurate info for packaged or processed foods, especially because the ingredients in a processed food interact with each other and change the nutrition profile of a product.

Here is a table with some sample scores. The highest score is 1000, the lowest is close to zero.

This is a very interesting table, especially if one compares it to NuVal ranking which goes from 1-100. Take a look at these 4 healthy products and their scores:

  • Kale – 1000
  • Orange – 109
  • Whole wheat bread – 25
  • Olive oil – 9

A naive shopper may be led to believe that kale is the only product worth consuming. But all 4 of the aforementioned are healthy and needed by our bodies. Dr. Fuhrman addresses this:

Keep in mind that nutrient density scoring is not the only factor that determines good health. For example, if we only ate foods with a high nutrient density score our diet would be too low in fat. So we have to pick some foods with lower nutrient density scores (but preferably the ones with the healthier fats) to include in our high nutrient diet.

So wouldn’t it be more practical to create a scoring system that doesn’t require people to analyze a score , the product type, the required nutrients and then decide? The entire point is to simplify life for consumers, not complicate it!

Whole Foods is perceived as a healthier, albeit expensive, grocery retailer. But recently John Mackey, WFM CEO and founder, openly admitted that his chain sells lots of junk food. The Health Starts Here program may be a signal that Mackey is retuning to the roots of what WFM stood for in the seventies when just starting out.

The ANDI scores are an interesting first step in trying to help consumers better choose healthier foods, and it will be very interesting to see consumer response. We expect Whole Foods will continue to introduce and test additional tools to help their customers.

What to do at the supermarket:

Don’t let the Whole Foods health halo confuse you, as organic junk food is still junk food. Stick to the less processed products, of which Whole Foods has copious amounts, including in bulk (cheaper).

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  • Heidi

    I REALLY do not like this scale. I think they mean well, but the article is very much right in that many naive shoppers woudl look at it and see the low numbers as unhealthy when compared to kale, even an ordinary apple seems unhealthy. I do see the point that they are trying to make but it does not really specify a scale in which you should limit certain items. If i were a naive shopper I could look at that and think I should never have something like swiss cheese or olive oil when those things are healthy when they aren’t eaten in excess. I just think they could have adopted a better scale. I was actually at Hyvee yeserday shopping and they use the NuVal ranking. I think I prefer that ranking better. Both are not perfect but I feel the nuval is truer to product value. From what I have seen it tends to rank fruits and veggies on the high side.

    • Arnold

      I have read all of the comments to date and am surprised that another aspect of nutrient density is not mentioned.  The Department of Agriculture has been assessing the nutrient value of vegetables ever since the Second World War.  Unhappily, one effect of industrial agriculture has been to drive the nutritive value of vegetables ever downward.  Happily, there are farmers and gardeners striving to restore the missing nutrition to produce.  One can learn something about these efforts by googling nutrient dense agriculture or brix.  

       

  • http://foodtrainers.blogspot.com Lauren Slayton

    Oh my, 2 nutrition degrees and this system confuses me. I think we have to go back to common sense and personal research. Any idea when this will be implemented? Thanks for the information!

  • Chris

    I like this system, i have seen it in my local WFM and it makes sense. Nowhere in the material I have seen would you come away thinking that you should from now live on a diet of kale and sprouts alone as they do a top50 list for each food category!!! I like it because it gives me, a normal shopper some idea of what you can prioritise from the different food categories.

  • http://nutrition.tufts.edu Mark Krumm

    I have to agree with Lauren and Heidi — this system is very confusing. The formula is (apparently) nutrients divided by calories — plus bonus points for a high ORAC score. And they tout it as being “simple”. Problem is, though, that this stuff — isn’t simple. We don’t eat single foods, we don’t eat kale the same way we eat walnuts or olive oil. Can I interpret these scores to mean that a “1000″ is 7 times better for me than a “130″? (And if I can’t do that, what’s the value of the scoring?)

    What is unclear to me is if and how WF is scoring prepared foods… a can of soup, loaf of bread, box of cereal, quart of ice cream. The real strength of scoring programs is guidance on those foods that we can’t immediately discern are healthy — or otherwise.

    Whole Foods needs to educate consumers as to how to use this system — because it certainly is not a guide to a healthy balanced diet. And they need to make the scoring system transparent. I’d like to know if a manufacturer throws in a bunch of micronutrients — beyond 100% of the DRI/RDI, does the score jump through the roof. I want to know how sat fat/transfat/all other fats are weighted. And how about sodium? No penalty points? (Seems not to be, given that feta cheese scores higher than lowfat yogurt.)

    It’s not just about nutrient density, is it?

  • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Editorial Staff

    Thanks everyone for your comments. We have not seen or heard any feedback yet from the field. Has anyone seen a summary of consumer feedback?

  • Jason

    I also do not like this scale. I’m not sure there should be one, because as others stated it can be confusing/misleading.

    Olive oil, which is full of good antioxidants, a 9 (on par with ice cream???) and iceberg lettuce a 110 rating? Come on. Iceberg lettuce has very little in the way of nutrients. Olive is one of the best plant sources of good fats.

    I also think this scale knocks vital protein sources like meats. It seems like this system is pushing vegetarian lifestyle way too avidly. Though meats aren’t full of phytonutrients or antioxidants like fruits or vegies you cannot dispute the ability of complete protein sources to help regulate metabolism and build lean muscle.

    Pretty poor job on WFM’s part to hastily implement something like this. I’ve seen it in use in their Columbus/Dublin store.

  • Jason

    By the way, I like nutritiondata.com’s nutrient density numbers much better. There is much more substance behind their numbers.

    They also have a much larger database and the numbers make much more sense. Not only this, but they include ratings on inflamation factor, glycemic load, nutrient completeness (nutrient quality), and amino acid score (protein quality).

    Protein completeless is a crucial factor when judging meat sources. Ignoring that on this ANDI scale when comparing them to fruits and veggies is disingenuous and a sneaky way to push a vegan agenda if you ask me.

    Are these guys getting money from PETA by chance?

  • Greg

    The new scales seem to be something that are fun to follow for the moment. Most of the healthiest people that I know tend to stay away from this kind of thing. They just buy what is in season, get a variety, exercise regularly, and stay away from the bad stuff.

    That philosophy is arrived at with no cost or complicated research projects. Just sound thought.

  • sara

    i happen to really like the system. i’m able to choose a few vegetables for juicing, that are much more dense in nutrients – and i would have never guessed that collard greens was packed w/ nutrients, over broccoli. now, i still get broccoli, along with whatever else i want. but when it comes to juicing, picking the most dense foods is important! it helps with a few choices in my foods – thanks for giving us the ANDI scale – before we had to run off of our own research – this is a nice addition to that! :)

  • sara

    and remember – it’s easy to just eat in season and workout – but if you’re sick, like i am, it’s important to be able to adjust our diet in order to get better. i have to get the most nutrients i can from juicing, and the less work my body can do getting those nutrients, the better! i don’t think it’s motivated to push people away from meat – probably just open up the option/healthy option of what you can do wiht veggies -it helps the small farmers, and it is healthy. more veggies for me, meant that i dropped all of the food w/ preservatives etc. i still eat fish/eggs, but i have more options for my veggies now – and this helps when i’m low in my vitamins :)

  • http://www.Jeffsbesthemp.com Jeffrey Von Stetten

    I’m curious how hemp seeds land on this scale. I’m encouraged because my company was the first company (or at least Hemp Company) out there to actually list and use the words “Nutrient Density” right on the label of my raw organic fine grind hemp protein in amber glass. I know it’s an extremely nutrient dense superfood, but when I looked at the scales, it listed just flax seeds (no distinction of ground vs. sprouted vs. whole) and it also doesn’t seem to list Hemp Seeds which I think is a real shame. I wonder if it’s not listed because we can’t grow it in the US or if it was just an oversight. bummer, I’d like to see that.

  • Alan M. Peabody

    Ever since Whole Foods opened just down the street from me (first store in Cleveland), I have been a regular customer. In addition to food labels, I have used nutritiondata.com to analyze foods for quite a while. As a math/science teacher I understand the dangers of ratios and scaled data. I am in agreement with Heidi, Lauren, Mark, Greg, and Jason – - and note with fear the use stated by Sara indicating she uses it to see which veggies/fruits to juice, since there is nothing in the scale to indicate actual amount of nutrients, or which kind! As this scale is based on ratio of a ratio then scaled, I find the math questionable as a viable measure – - but I will read Dr. Fuhrman’s patent-pending scale when I find it, then make a more informed decision. I agree with Mark’s concern about adding micro-nutrients just to get the score up. Frankly, my multivitamin in a glass of distilled water should be off the chart!!

    Then there’s the WFM healthy foods initiative. Wonderful, but when I went to the store’s introduction to their Healthy Foods Nutrition Center last week,(centered around the Engine 2 diet), I was sorely disappointed to see it is Vegan. I have nothing against Vegan or Vegetarian, but humans are, by design, omnivorous and I don’t want to be pushed away from that by my supermarket, (Doctor and nutritionist, yes, but my supermarket?). Toward more veggies? YES! Toward less processed? YES! Even toward Organic? OK. Note that as my need is for low sodium, low/no red meat, low carb load – - and the prepared foods at WFM have no info on that – - I can’t justify eating any (they said the chef’s change the recipe to taste so amounts can’t be given).

    Yes, I still use WFM as my market and deeply appreciate their efforts to get all folks moving toward a healthier diet – - but aren’t most of us who frequent their establishment already thinking and concerned?

  • Will Loving

    I was given a handout at whole foods with a list of the top ANDI scores in various categories. When I got to the fruit section, I was shocked to find strawberries at the top. In terms of highest pesticide and fungicide residue, conventionally grown strawberries are generally ranked number 1 or 2 in virtually every survey I’ve ever seen. I can’t afford to buy all organic, but I specifically avoid conventionally grown foods that top out the pesticide scales such as strawberries, peaches, celery, grapes, and peanuts (or peanut butter).

    I think that to encourage people to eat strawberries (and other foods) based solely on the nutrient value without taking into account pesticide load is misleading and bad policy on the part of both WFM and Eat Right America. Strawberries may come out at the top of this scale, but without a specific notation that says “organic only due to pesticide concentration”, those who follow the ANDI recommendations are not getting the full information they need.

    • Tim

      Yes, Will, on the fish list for ANDI, tuna ranks #1 at at score of 46, and swordfish a #7 at 38. However, both are marked with asterisks that state in a footnote, “May contain high levels of mercury.”    What a split message.

    • http://twitter.com/czechczich Vera Karger

      Perhaps it’s assumed that you’ll take personal responsibility for figuring this out.
      Also, why not just be sure to wash your fruits carefully?

  • Jane

    People! Use some common sense. (and I say that in a loving way, of course) The ANDI scale specifically claims which nutrients that it is measuring (see above). It is up to the individual to find the right balance of veggies, fats, carbs etc.. The scale doesn’t suggest polarizing your diet to include only those foods with the highest rating. It is simply giving people an idea of the nutritional value of certain foods. The more we know, the better decisions we can make. It doesn’t mention anything of conventional foods vs. organic foods because that is not the emphasis. It is not measuring all of the additional “…cides” you’re buying with conventional foods because the message is about nutrient density, not toxin density. I believe in accountability on the part of the research and the folks (WFM, in this case) who support it, and it might not be a perfectly holistic science (which you have to admit, there is absolutely none!) but for goodness sake it is a step in the right direction. At least it gave me a newfound appreciation for watercress! Thumbs up for ANDI. I want to see more.

  • http://hankroberts.wordpress.com Hank Roberts

    I’ve been comparing it to this tool:
    http://efaeducation.nih.gov/sig/kim.html

    I’d like to see more research supporting the ANDI weightings for all the factors. The NIH tool is much simpler (not a polished commercial tool, it’s basically a spreadsheet application ranking omega-3 versus omega-6 — but that approach has the research documented.

  • Henry Immanuel

    Ok, this program is not for everyone, how about folks that are eating great foods like parsley, and other herbs. Including herbs in this program would have been good.

    We should all strive for a small “victory” garden, so as to include super foods like parsley…..

    If you have a small or large yard, try working in the soil, a small garden plot of 4×20 is a great start, and an easy reach across. This garden should be planted with foods like Parsley, chard, spinach, lettuces, arugala and other easy to grow items, you will supplement your food supply.

    And then if you want to expand the garden think trees that bear fruit, Edible Landscape (google that) is the future and was the past! A time honored garden.

  • Corrine Brandi

    Shout out to Wbole Foods for once again taking leadership. Nothing is perfect. I am very grateful that the ANDI index is giving people a new paradigm to focus through that leads them away from counting calories. It’s a start. Calories keep the diet industry in place and provides no access to health. ANDI does. The best thing that could happen to the average OTC/pharma drug addicted TV informed person on the SAD diet is that they should overdose on kale for a while. Start people thinking “nutrient density” and we have made huge progress :)

  • wfm

    I can’t believe some peoples negative comments on this. At least Whole Foods is trying to take charge and do what it can to fight Americas growing obesity issue….

    • Klynn

      Not trying to be mean but I did notice there were no overweight people at Wholefoods…that says SOMETHING!

      • hoss

        did you see any poor people?

    • locarbVeg

      Whole Foods is trying to make people feel extra good about buying their produce, so that they’ll indulge in all the other garbage they sell. They don’t put the ANDI scores on their bread, ice cream, cake, barbeque, sugary peanut butter, etc.

  • WFM Fan

    You should really check your facts before you blast a company for trying to help people eat better. There is more to Health Starts Here than just the ANDI score. Go to your local Whole Foods and ask, someone will be happy to explain the Health Starts Here program. I started following HSH a couple weeks ago, and I think it’s a very easy to follow program. My local store offers a HSH here tour to groups. My store has also hosted excercise events like group walks and yoga. Oh, and the first Whole Foods Market opened in September 1980… so I’m not sure what you think WFM stood for in the 70′s… you know, before they even existed.

  • http://www.museandmaven.wordpress.com Cristene

    I for one really enjoy the ANDI approach. I wish I could make more than small changes, but I can’t for any number of reasons. I can however make a few better ANDI choices throughout the day and feel like I am making a tiny bit of progress. We may want to criticize WFM, but I think any entity that is trying to help people make progress as plainly and clearly as they are is on the good side. Now if we could only get the calorie counts for all the whole grain salads in the prepared case…

  • Michael

    I am going to have to weigh in on the side of Whole Foods on this one. While the ANDI system is not perfect, at least it is some information about nutrition. When I go to my local big chain supermarket, just how much nutrition information am I given? Er, that would be about zero. Thanks WFM for providing this valuable service.

  • James

    @ Jason “Olive is one of the best plant sources of good fats.”

    The system is not ranking good fats, it is ranking nutrients. If you had a ranking system solely for good fats, alot of fruits and vegetables would be left out. Then you would complain that there are fruits missing on top of the good fat list.

    Plants are the best source of nutrients.

  • Doug

    This table is not really useful, but it is a good start. To take this to the next level, someone, if someone has not already, will need to develop an ANDI index for meals – a recipe index really – that would lead to calories and nutrients we need per day.

  • http://nutrition.merschat.com Terry, VP Nutrition Facts

    I suppose it’s hard to develop an overall “good food score” because there are so many factors to consider. Maybe they could break it into categories like – the best sources of protein, etc.

  • Cathi

    It seems that no one commenting here has yet read the very reader-friendly book(s) on Joel Fuhrman’s ANDI system. In his books, he describes in detail the rationale and calculation for ANDI. And yes, Doug, Fuhrman has already developed a per-serving table to follow (called MANDI) as well as scads of delicious largely saltless and very low fat recipes with total MANDI ratings for each. The system asks the consumer to aim for a certain total MANDI score for the day, giving newbies a chance to become accustomed to more nutritionally dense foods which they may not have even eaten before. The ANDI chart is definitely missing somethings, most notably parsley, to my disappointment. I’m sure it’s up there with watercress at least, but I don’t actually know. :-(

    • Anonymous

      Ah. Thank you for the suggestion! Indeed, I haven’t read Furhman, even though that is the obvious thing to do. ~Brian

  • Exmouse4

    Well, I can understand why some people would be confused, but it’s simple enough to figure out the table with a small amount of research. The table is incredibly useful. I love it and I refer to it daily. Dr. Fuhrman’s books and website explains how to use this information quite clearly. The numbers refer to the amount of nutrients in a specific food PER CALORIE. Obviously ALL foods cannot rank 1,000 – but that’s not the point of the rankings.

    Also – I cannot understand those of you who eat meat and other animal products getting all nervous and twitchy about the whole vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. And GOD FORBID there be a grocery store out there in the world that makes it just a little bit easier for those of us who are vegan to shop… Aren’t you “omnivores” getting enough attention from every other supermarket chain in the world??? I mean – c’mon….everything in the food industry caters to you guys… From sit down restaurants to fast food drive thrus to Kroger to 7-11… I can’t order a meal in a regular restaurant without the wait staff thinking I’m crazy because I choose not to eat animal products.. And 9 times out of 10, I end up with cheese or butter in my food anyway…

    Lighten up… Just because one grocery store chain can see the benefit in advocating a vegetarian lifestyle – doesn’t mean we’re trying to convert the rest of you ego-maniacs… You can still walk straight past the produce section and grab some scallops and bacon…. Whole Foods isn’t stopping you from doing that or even asking you to stop. I am so SICK of everyone thinking the world revolves around THEM…. Can’t you even consider there are other lifestyles out there worth supporting? Just because you are so called omnivorous “by design” doesn’t mean everyone has to believe that.. And let me say for one – I sure don’t..

    So please – stop being “disappointed” by the vegan push… Just go eat your cheeseburger…

    • El podrido

      Shutty vegan

    • http://twitter.com/alan3008 Alan3008

      I think it you that needs to “lighten up”. Who is attacking you? I think people respect your desire to be vegan much more often than not.

  • Anonymous

    So what would you say is the best of the simplify-it-to-just-a-few-numbers schemes? Among the criteria I’d hope the leaders have: (1) transparent, meaning they publish their formula, (2) the places of publication would include a peer-reviewed journal that professional nutritionists use, (3) they don’t claim copyright or patent on the result, so that you can use it to compute and publish new data. Is there a readily intelligible index that has survived all this?

    • Tim

      You’re correct; this system does need peer-review and transparency. For instance, onions rate only a 50 on the ANDI Index, yet contain sulforaphane an HDAC inhibitor that Dr. Fuhrman speaks highly of. Is a 1000-point scale really necessary?

       

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  • Trisha Lynn

    Now if only Whole Foods would demand GMO labeling on the products they sell, I would be happy. Until that happens, I look for the Certified Organic label.

  • Yusuf

    Nice!

  • http://twitter.com/whizkid7 Chuck Bluestein

    Keep in mind that the less calories the food has, the higher its score. So a big factor is to keep you from eating too many calories. But if you already eat low in calories or you are slender than you can eat more of the low score items. Bananas, grapes and walnuts are very healthy.

  • Winter

    Listen people, no one source is the be all end all. In case you missed the first paragraph, it is Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, not your mother to hold your hand. Hopefully people educated enough to read can realize that there are other considerations when it comes to food.
    Yes one must suspend the facts that there are pesticides and other BS in our food but that is not the point of the scale. Seriously, why do they even allow comments on stories?

  • Kathleen

    Iceburg lettuce is 110 but grapes are only 31. Since resveratrol is so healthy 31 sounds too low. 

    • Tim

      I agree, Kathleen. Onions rate only a 50 ANDI but are loaded with beneficial compounds. So many, in fact, that Dr. Fuhrman stresses their importance in his anti-cancer food recipes. There are a number of items that have similar mystically low scores, and Eat Right America is not disclosing their reasoning for this discrepancy.  

  • Dinesh Chauhan

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and
    love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise,
    would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely
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  • Dinesh Chauhan

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and
    love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise,
    would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely
    helpful for me.

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  • ItReallyWorks

    It seems this article was written by someone who felt a negative critique of something they don’t understand would make them look smarter; and not someone who really loves to learn and understand and write about food and health.  Dr. Fuhrman’s approach really works and is helping thousands, if not millions of people, to take control of their own health destinies.  His program is not a diet, in the sense of giving up good, tasty food.  He is simply advocating a return to what human beings were built to eat in the first place.  The ANDI scoring system is extremely useful, and any notion that a simpler rating system would be possible is just intellectually lazy.  I’m very happy that Whole Foods has been helping its customers access to additional information about the value of the foods they are purchasing and consuming.  I would also highly recommend Dr. Fuhrman’s books and audio books, for anyone wanting to give their body the best chance it can have to fight off disease, live longer, and look good too!

    • Jrober3199

      Is there a score for each meal period? I use this scale for juicing.

  • http://twitter.com/FitRabbitApp FitRabbit

    The FitRabbit iPhone app for diet and fitness tracking uses something similar to ANDI!

    FitRabbit is a social game where you can win points for eating nutritious foods. You can compete with your friends for points.

  • LoveVeggiesandMeat

    Wow, well then.  I guess we carnivores are put in our place.  :)  I love the ANDI system and . . . I still get to eat MEAT occasionally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

  • Leah

    why is olive oil so low? it is the only oil listed but below white bread and american cheese…cmon!

  • Ellenmoriah

    As a three time breast cancer survivor over an 11 year time frame (all primary cancers), Fuhrman’s approach is appealing. However, I’m having some problems integrating his recent “anti-olive oil” paper (January 2012) because 1) other doctors, also studying food to prevent breast (and other types of) cancer, are recommending inclusion of olive oil into our diets. The oil is needed to trigger this-or-that body/cellular activity. Dr. Fuhrman argues that olive oil is a processed food, and yet so is tahini, peanut butter, coconut milk, and other ingredients frequently called for in the recipes posted on his site or found in Eat To Live. 

    It would be awfully nice to have a cohesive statement about this. The first “contradicting” doctor I can think of is Dr. Li, who is focused on angiogenesis (starving tumors by denying them oxygen and any other form of “life support” for growing or potential tumors. For a video of Dr. Li, and others who are leaning toward the right foods as a reasonable approach to treatment, here’s at least one link: https://www.facebook.com/BreastCancerBandits.

  • Sanfordxafuok

    listen you fat pig overeaters!you will not poison your system with low fat micro-nutrient rich vegetables because you will be sneaking pizza slices and subway footlongs along the way!
     i know because i am an overeater so i raise my hand first!

  • Djas

    Interested if eggplant has no rating or if it has such a low score it is not on the list ?
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  • snow_tracks

    Just something weird about vegans, guess it’s their holy-than-thou attitude.

  • Robin D. Ader

    What is the source of the data used to calculate the ANDI Score? Is the raw data available for peer review? That is, does Dr. Furhman make available to the scientific community, the list of nutrients and their quantities in a given mass of a subject food relative to the calories in that food on which he bases his calculations? Thank you.

  • Ufrckenhppy

    Dumbest scale ever.

  • Cheryl

    I applaud you, Whole Foods, for your partnering with Dr. Furhman! Thank you for not losing sight of your bigger vision towards people eating ‘WHOLE’ foods in the effort to run a successful business. The tension will always exist between the demands of the consumer and the vision of the company. It’s a ‘healthy’ tension that permits those just getting into healthier eating a place they can transition at their respective pace, individual physical needs, limited time availability and unique lifestyle desired. Thank you for being a ‘soup to nuts’ food store that is trying to be responsive, yet uncompromising in the ultimate achievement of better health for its consumers.

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  • Ruth

    The Andi index is not based on good science. It totally leaves out some nutrients, which just happen to be more common in meat products; therefore, giving meat products a lower score. Some plant nutrients are arbitrarily given higher scores, many times more than other nutrients. Don’t be fooled by this. He even admits to doing this when he states that you need to include some foods lower on the index to get enough fat. Well, DUH, obviously there are many fats that are good for people and even essential, and fats ARE nutrients. So how come fats are not included to give the food a higher score in the first place? Outside of rancid processed vegetable oils and trans fats there are healthy fats out there like butter, lard, coconut oil, chicken fat, olive oil, that are needed in a healthy diet. We’ve been fat deficient for so long in this country there is an epidemic of infertility. You can’t get pregnant without enough fat in the diet. Our brains are about %50 fat, so it’s really effecting people’s mental functioning. Cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease anyway. People have severely cut back on fat in their diet and it hasn’t put a dent in heart disease. Eating sugar has more to do with heart disease than fat. So there’s going to be a big rush to buy Fuhrman’s books and products, because people are looking for ease in decision making rather than truth. He and Whole Foods are going to make a lot of money selling another food gimmick. In twenty years when a lot of people have wasted a lot of money on this and gotten very ill they will be angry at being duped into buying into yet another food scam. Whole Foods and Fuhrman won’t care, because they’ll have their money.

  • Dg

    These rankings are very questionable. I noticed in his book Eat for Health he had shrimp ranked ahead of salmon, at least here he flipped or someone else did. Still how can shrimp be ranked so high with its high cholesterol and environmental toxins it contains?

  • save$$

    The ANDI chart is valuable … but has been used by Whole Foods as a money-making marketing scheme. There is another equally (if not more valuable chart, the ANI chart “Affordable Index Chart” (ANI) that mysteriously has never seen the light of day in the public. It calculates the amount of nutrition one is getting per dollar, and rated a few hundred foods. A chart like this, that includes at over 100 of the most popular fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, beans, etc, needs to be made public. Whole Foods would much rather you spend $10 on 200 calories of something (ranked high on the ANDI chart) than $5 for the equivalent nutrition and calories. To eat organic foods that are rated high on the ANDI chart, although they are excellent for us, can cost easily $200-300/week to obtain the 2,000 calories a day the average person needs. Not many people can afford that. We need an “”Affordable Organic Foods Index Chart” (AOFIC)