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How We Score Meals For Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients

Posted by Terra's Kitchen on Fri, Aug 4, '17

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The second factor of Terra’s Kitchen’s complete Nutrition Score developed by Dr. Lisa Davis, PhD, PA-C, CNS is the Anti-Inflammatory Quotient (AIQ). The AIQ is comprised of the following 4 criteria that check for anti-inflammatory ingredients. Each criteria is worth 1 point:

  • Criteria 1 = 1 point: The meal contains a good/excellent source of both anti-inflammatory nutrients Vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • Criteria 2 = 1 point: The meal contains either omega-3 fatty acids and/or monounsaturated fat
  • Criteria 3 = 1 point: The meal contains <5% of the daily value of cholesterol, <7g of saturated fat, and contains no trans fats
  • Criteria 4 = 1 point: The meal contains <5 grams of sugar

 

For example, if a meal meets the following criteria, it would receive all 4 points:

  • An excellent source of both Vitamin A and C
  • Has omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats
  • Contains 3% of the daily value of cholesterol, 2g of saturated fat, has no trans fats
  • Contains 3g of sugar

 

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Terra’s Kitchen’s Anti-Inflammatory Quotient based on methodologies found in this reference:

  1. Anti-inflammatory Foods for Health. B Rowe and L Davis. Fair Winds Press, 2008.

Topics: nutrition