An International 13 member expert scientific panel, directed by Dr. David Katz and the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC), has developed a food scoring algorithm called the Overall Nutrition Quality Index (ONQI™) as a tool for improving public health in the face of America’s troubling health trends – rapidly rising rates of obesity and diabetes in both the adults and children, and increasing rates of heart disease in adults.
The ONQI™ converts complex nutritional information into a single, easy to use score. The ONQI™ scoring system allows consumers to compare the nutritional quality of foods by giving each food a “nutrition quality score” that helps consumers see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food they buy. This will enable consumers to choose the healthiest foods in the supermarkets as well as choose healthier options among foods that are not considered healthful, chips and crackers for example.
The development of the ONQI™ was funded by Griffin Hospital, a non-profit community hospital and teaching affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine and home to the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. Once the ONQI™ was developed, Griffin Hospital partnered with Topco Associates, LLC to create a joint venture company, NuVal, LLC to bring the public health benefits of the ONQI algorithm to consumers through the NuVal ™System (www.nuval.com).
The ONQI/NuVal System differs from other nutrition ranking systems in a number of ways: