This content was last updated on June 10, 2020
Think of it as “calories per bite.”
Foods that are high in fat and/or sugar tend to be packed tightly with calories. In such cases, looks can be deceiving — even relatively small amounts might contribute more calories to your daily intake than you’ve bargained for.
Other foods whose “bulk” is provided by things like fiber or water — like many plant foods — are low in calorie density. You can eat more of these foods, because each bite packs less of a caloric wallop.
Sounds simple, no? It’s really all you need to know to get started making meals that are lower in overall caloric density – meals that maximize flavor, variety and cancer protection while helping lose — or maintain — weight.
That’s why calorie density is such an important part of AICR’s message. It’s the science behind our New American Plate approach to eating for a healthy weight and healthy life, and it’s something we think about as we develop AICR’s healthy recipes.
Our brochures are full of ideas on how to eat better for lower cancer risk and better health.
And this section of the AICR website also contains lots of practical tips.