In our premiere issue of Best Health last spring (“Comparing apples to oranges”), we wrote about a new system being developed for comparing the nutritional content of food called ONQI (Overall Nutritional Quality Index). The scores—which rate the nutrients in foods on a scale of one to 100—are now appearing on shelf tags in certain U.S. grocery stores.
To develop the system, a panel of a dozen experts rated 60,000 foods for 30 nutrient factors, including protein, carbohydrates, fat, antioxidants and fibre. Health Canada isn’t looking at adopting ONQI so the number system won’t be coming to a grocery store near you soon, but Canadians can access the easy-to-understand scores at NuVal Nutritional Scoring System. Will that be pork tenderloin or lamb chops?