EP314: The Truth About Nutrient-Dense Foods with Dr. Sarah Ballantyne


In a world where nutrient deficiencies are rampant and elimination diets can increase your risk, a focus on nutrient-dense foods is critically important. 

Unfortunately, there are MAJOR problems with many of the nutrient ratings systems used today. 

Case in point: The Food Compass which gave Lucky Charms a higher score than ground beef and eggs fried in butter. 

Which is why in today’s podcast with best-selling author Dr. Sarah Ballantyne we break down the myths around most nutrient rating systems, the truth about the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and most importantly, how to add them to your diet so you can feel your best. Here are some of the fascinating facts you’ll learn…

  • Why restrictive diets can be problematic
  • The rates and causes of nutrient deficiency 
  • The most dangerous type of nutrient deficiency
  • How to measure the nutrient density of your diet at home
  • Can supplements replace food?
  • The most surprising, yet nutrient-dense, foods
  • The most nutrient-dense vegetables
  • The nutrient powerhouse you are not likely consuming (but should)
  • Why increasing protein as you age is important 
  • What her daily diet looks like
  • Volume eating - and how it can help you lose weight
  • The optimal level of vegetable servings per day
  • And so much more!

This conversation is so insightful that I hope you love it as much as I did and share it with anyone you know it could benefit!


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Award-winning public speaker, New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned health expert, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD believes the key to improving public health is scientific literacy. She creates educational resources to help people improve their day-to-day diet and lifestyle choices, empowered and informed by the most current evidenced-based scientific research.

Dr. Sarah began her career as a science communicator and health educator when she launched her original website,, in 2011. On this platform, Dr. Sarah combined her background in medical research with her experience using diet and lifestyle to mitigate a dozen diagnosed health conditions to create a wealth of educational resources and amass an audience of millions. Since then, Dr. Sarah has continued to follow the science—diving deep into immune health, metabolic health, gut microbiome health, nutritional sciences, and the compelling evidence for health at any size—while also observing the harm of healthism, diet culture, dogmatic misinformation and predatory marketing. With Nutrivore, Dr. Sarah seeks to create a positive and inclusive approach to dietary guidance, based in science and devoid of dogma, using nutrient density and sufficiency as its basic principles:



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