Overall Nutrition Quality Index

Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don’t eat has been proved to be indispensable for life.  But I go marching on.

– George Bernard Shaw

Yesterday, I was reading an old copy (2008) of National Geographic during my lunch break.  I came across a one page summary of a new system called the Overall Nutrition Quality Index (ONQI).  The basic idea is that foods are given a score between 1 and 100 based on their overall nutrition.

I had never heard of this before.  I am used to nutrition labels that list percentages of daily recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals.  I thought this index idea seemed interesting.  However, after doing a bit of research I’ve found that this index really isn’t very complete.  It is maintained by a company called NuVal, and is dependent on grocery retailers.  As far as I can find out, it is only used in the USA.

Anyway, I still thought it was an interesting idea, so I found some sample ratings to share with you:

Examples of Overall Nutrition Quality Index (ONQI) Scores

Seafood Salmon 87
Shrimp 75
Haddock 64
Meat and Poultry Chicken breast 39
Ground Sirloin 30
Pasta Penne (whole wheat) 89
Spaghetti (regular) 57
Cereal Post Shredded Wheat 91
General Mills Cherios 34
Quaker Life 25
Crackers Pepperidge Farm Baked Goldfish 24
Nabisco Cheese Nibs 7
Cookies Fig Newtons (fat free) 13
Oreo Double Stuff 5
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies 3
Fruits and Vegetables Broccoli 100
Blueberries 100
Tomato 96
Banana 91
Grapes 91
Iceberg Lettuce 82

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