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New Ranking System Helps Consumers Make Nutritious Choices

Fri, 12/14/2007 - 4:33am
A team of nutritional health experts is out with a new way for Americans to get right to the nutritional value of the food they eat. The Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI) was developed by a group of experts, led by David Katz, chairman of the Yale Prevention Research Center.
        ONQI takes into account a number of factors in assigning a score of 1 to 100 for each food, including negatives like the amount of saturated fat, sugar and cholesterol in a food, and positives like fiber, nutrients, omega 3 fatty acids and the quality of the proteins. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food.
        The system will be introduced to U.S. grocery stores this year by Topco Associates LLC, a grocery distribution and services cooperative owned by a number of independent grocers.
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