Quotient

Nutrition Quotient

Your Nutrition Quotient™ is a single number reflecting how well your diet matches your  It takes into account not only your intake of each nutrient, but the nutrient’s importance to health. You’ll find your NQ in four places:

You can think of your NQ as either an IQ or a letter grade. Grade ranges and their color-coding are as follows:

Nutrition Quotient

Letter Grade

Color

0 to 59

F

Red

60 to 69

D

Orange

70 to 79

C

Yellow

80 to 89

B

Green

90 to 99

A

Blue

100 to 119

A+

Violet

120 to 139

A++

Indigo

140 and above

Genius

Black

Two Caveats

  • Your Nutrition Quotient is not a diagnostic score, but a rough guide for improving your diet. An “A” this week won’t absolutely prove your diet is first-rate—but it will suggest you’re doing better than last week’s “B.” If you worry about the difference between an A and an A+, you’re giving the NQ too much credit. It’s not thatsmart.

  • How to Raise Your NQ

  1. Watch the “NQ+-” column, beside the food list. The numbers in that column show how each food will change your

  • In the Food Log’s dictionary (top) window, the number predicts your NQ change if you log one serving.

  • In the Food Log’s log window, the number predicts your NQ change if you log the same amount you’ve already logged¾in other words, if you have seconds.

  • In both windows, foods are color-coded:

  • Hurters, shown in gray, will lower your NQ.

  •  Helpers  will raise your NQ¾or at least not hurt it.

  •  Smart Seconds  (a single food in the Log window) will raise your NQ more than anything else you’ve already logged today.

  • In your Favorites and Recent windows (opened by clicking the radio buttons labeled “Favorites” and “Recent”) the number shows your NQ change for logging favorite or recently eaten foods. (The Recent window is especially useful, because it lists foods that you’re likely to have on hand.)

  1. Watch the Advice Line, in the Scoreboard under your NQ. The Advice Line tells which nutrients to seek or shun* for easiest improvement. (To find foods that are rich in a particular nutrient