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NUTRITIONISTS AND UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS LIST NATURE'S MOST POTENT 'POWER PACKS'

 National Survey Uncovers Nutrient-Dense Supermarket Foods
 SANTA ANA, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for National Nutrition Month, a national survey has revealed nature's most potent "power packs" available at the nation's supermarkets.
 In a recent phone poll commissioned by the non-profit California Avocado Commission, nutritionists, doctors and university researchers were asked to name the most nutrient-dense unprocessed foods available at the consumer level. A concept gaining acceptance among consumers, nutrient density refers to a comparison of a food's caloric content to the vitamin and mineral punch it delivers.
 "In its simplest form, nutrient density means getting the most nutritional payoff from your caloric investment," explained Roslyn B. Alfin-Slater, Ph.D., professor emeritus of nutritional science at the University of California at Los Angeles. "However, as no one food provides all essential vitamins and minerals, consumers are advised to maintain a well-balanced diet for the best nutritional results."
 While individual responses varied, the following five foods were most frequently mentioned as providing overall nutrient density, in a variety of vitamins and minerals, per individual serving size:
 1) broccoli
 2) carrots
 3) oranges
 4) avocados
 5) lowfat milk
 Also receiving multiple mentions were cauliflower, bananas, olives, potatoes, grapefruit, eggs, spinach, chunk white tuna (albacore), cooked oatmeal and whole-wheat bread.
 The independent national survey encompassed nutritionists, dietitians, university doctors and food science researchers throughout the United States.
 Based in Santa Ana, the California Avocado Commission was founded in 1961 to conduct market-development activities on behalf of the state's 6,000 avocado growers.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Ochsner or Lynne Gray, California Avocado Media Bureau, 213-937-7460/


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