Do you ever feel bewildered by all the conflicting and contradictory information on nutrition and health?
Should you buy couscous or rice? Salmon or tuna? Pineapple or prunes?
Would you like a simple guide to help you with your shopping?
Fortunately, scientists at Yale University have come to your rescue and developed a score for the “overall nutritional quality” of a food.
Very simply, this score reflects the ratio of beneficial nutrients to harmful nutrients in a food. It also takes account of the strength of the association of these nutrients with health. For example, trans fat has a strong association with heart disease, so the value for trans fat is weighted, which substantially lowers the overall score for foods containing it.
The score is called the Overall Nutritional Quality Index, or ONQI. The higher the score, the healthier the food.
David Katz and colleagues at Yale say:
ONQI is a measure analogous to density – just as the density of diamond does not vary with the size of the stone, the nutritiousness of broccoli does not vary with portion size
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