Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 24-February-2012, Vol 125 No 1350
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The NEEDNT Food List: non-essential, energy-dense, nutritionally-deficient foods
Jane L Elmslie, J Douglas Sellman, Ria N Schroder, Frances A Carter
To provide a list of non-essential, energy-dense, nutritionally-deficient foods in New Zealand (NEEDNT foods) which are usually high in calories and either bereft of nutritional benefits or easily replaced with lower calorie, more nutritious alternatives.
The List was compiled using the National Heart Foundation and Diabetes New Zealand “Foods to Avoid”, “Stop Eating” and “Optional Foods” lists and the Canterbury District Health Board “Supermarket Shopping Guide”. Foods and beverages were included if they contained alcohol, saturated fat, added sugar, were prepared using a high fat cooking method or contained a large amount of energy relative to their essential nutrient value. As it has no energy value, salt was not a criterion for inclusion on the List.
Over 50 potential foods or groups of foods were identified that contained alcohol, saturated fat, added sugar, were prepared using a high fat cooking method or contained a large amount of energy relative to their essential nutrient value. Fifty foods/groups of foods were included on the final list (Table 1).
The NEEDNT Food List will be a useful tool for medical practitioners and other health professionals working with people wanting to lose weight.
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