The quality of your calories matters. Filling your diet with nutrient-dense foods is key to weight management and better health. Nutrient-dense foods are foods that have a lot of nutrients and are relatively low in calories, with a few exceptions such as avocados and nuts.
Eating a nutrient-rich diet can decrease your risk for certain diseases, such as metabolic syndrome – a combination of risk factors that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat around the waist. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Also people who eat a more nutrient-dense diet tend to feel less hungry and more satisfied.
This infographic shows simply the difference between nutrient-dense and calorie-dense.
Infographic Credit: http://www.evoke.ie/category/health/
Read more about nutrient density and how to incorporate it here: http://annajonesrd.com/2013/04/20/eat-more-to-weigh-less/