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ONQI - Understanding the Overall Nutritional Quality Index

Learn how the new ONQI food index grades the nutritional value of our food.

The new ONQI (Overall Nutritional Quality Index) food ranking index was created by Yale's Griffin Research Center in an effort to help consumers quantify the nutritional value of the more than 45,000 items in our grocery stores using this simple system.

An index score of 100 indicates a wholly nutritional food, while a score of 1 indicates a lack of nutritional quality. Fresh produce like blueberries, strawberries and spinach rank with 100; non-fat milk 91, pasta 50, peanut butter 23, hotdogs 5 and candy or soda 1.

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Camille LoParrino


Awesome. Very well done. Clear and precise. Very informative and useful.

posted Jan 3rd, 2012 12:23 am

Big man


Its bi-est, its bad for someone looking to gain muscle and stay strong. it was made by vegans

posted Oct 10th, 2011 10:03 pm


Where can I get a list of this to print out

posted Apr 13th, 2010 11:52 am



What are the factors that a food is graded on to give it an ONQI rating? I'm a little surprised to learn peanut butter is low. Isn't eating all about moderation over gluttany?

posted Nov 6th, 2008 3:08 pm



Is this for real - are grocery stores really going to be putting the ONQI values next to food items?

posted Oct 7th, 2008 1:55 pm



This is a great idea. It removes all the marketing hype from "lite" and "low fat." This will let me know if it's healthy or not, period. I can't wait to see these scores in my grocery store.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 12:24 am



I appreciate the thorough explanation. Can't wait to see this in my grocery store. This system is brilliant!

posted Oct 4th, 2008 3:58 pm


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