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Whole Foods ANDI Score

AMY GARDNER / March 1, 2011

First, I have to say how much I love whole foods.  Just stepping in the door makes me feel like I’m doing something good for myself.  It’s more than a grocery store, it’s an experience.  The high quality food is reason alone to shop there but the artistic display and friendly atmosphere make it well worth the extra money for me.  My son at 15 months gets so excited when I load him in the cart and if you happen to catch us there, you’re guaranteed to get a big smile and enthusiastic “hi”.  I smile as I watch people light up in response to this warm, unexpected welcome.  In addition to entertainment for my little guy, I get into the best conversations at Whole Foods, both with people I know and complete strangers.  So, I get my groceries, entertainment for my son and an opportunity to socialize in a one shot deal!

Recently, while at Whole Food I was reading about the ANDI score which is a nutritional scoring system implemented about a year ago.  ANDI stands for “Aggregate Nutrient Density Index”.  The ANDI system is based on a formula designed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, an expert on nutrition and author of the “Eat for Health” books featured in Whole Food’s Health Starts Here program.  The formula is: Health = Nutrients/Calories.  The highest ranking is 1,000 and reserved for extremely nutrient-dense foods such as kale and other dark, green leafy vegetables.  As you walk around the store, you will notice the ANDI score listed on labels.  Make sure to compare foods within the same group (i.e. vegetable to vegetable, protein to protein, etc.).  Read more about the ANDI score here.