The Balanced Nutrition Index™ (BNI™) rates food (typically, processed food) according to the balance of its macronutrients. The closer the rating is to BNI™ 0.0 the more nutritionally balanced the food is, while the larger the BNI™ rating the more nutritionally unbalanced the food is. A balanced food is one that has the following nutritional properties: 15-25% energy from protein, 45-65% energy from carbohydrate (of which lesser than 10% is from sugars), 20-30% energy from fat (of which lesser than 10% is from saturated fat), 15-30 milligrams of fiber per kilocalorie, and less than 1 milligram of sodium per kilocalorie. Although it is rare to find well-balanced natural or processed food, the BNI™ may prove helpful in choosing more balanced options among similar types of food. (See also disclaimer at the bottom of the page.)
Quick guide to tags - Nutritional bias (as excess or deficiency): protein, low-protein, carbohydrate, low-carbohydrate, sugar, fat, low-fat, saturated-fat, fiber, low-fiber, sodium. Food completion: ingredient, basic, finalized. Main function, eg: snack, cooking, drink, supplement, condiment, referent, ready-meal… Type of food, eg: bonbon, chocolate-bar, bread, meat, fruit, flour, sweetener, candy, breakfast, milk, frozen (ice-cream, ice-block)… Main ingredient, eg: dark-chocolate, white-chocolate, milk-chocolate, oat, wheat, corn, muesli, milk, sugars, meat…
Disclaimer: Nutrition information is based on data provided on a product's nutrition information label or collected from a database (such as USDA). These data may only be averages, or may be incomplete. The BNI™ rating is based on an analysis of macronutrients and sodium and does not consider other nutrients that may be important. The BNI™ rating is also based on average reference intakes (Ideal values) which may vary from the recommended intakes for your country. Ideal values are for adults, and are based on a 2,000 kcal diet. Nutrition results are for research purposes, and should be considered editorial opinions given without warranty, and are not intended to replace the advice of a dietitian or health-care professional. BNI™, the Balanced Nutrition Index™, INE™ and el Índice de Nutrición Equilibrada™ are trademarks, and the associated ratings are copyrighted material and may not be used for commercial purposes.