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Table 1 Food groups and daily consumption standards in the Diet Quality Tracker

From: Changes in diet quality during a 12 month weight loss randomised controlled trial

Food group Point awarded Serve size equivalent Single serve equivalent (kJ) Justificationa
Non starchy vegetables 0 <1 80 Upper limit represents the minimum number of serves recommended in the ADG.
1 ≥1 < 2
2 ≥2 < 3
3 ≥3 < 4
4 ≥4 < 5
5 ≥5
Grains 0 <1 335 Upper limit represents the minimum number of serves recommended in the ADG.
1 ≥1 < 2
2 ≥2 < 3
3 ≥3 < 4
4 ≥4 < 5
5 ≥5
Fruit 0 0 285 Upper limit represents the minimum number of serves recommended in the ADG.
1 >0 < 0.5
2 ≥0.5 < 1
3 ≥1 < 1.5
4 ≥1.5 < 2
5 ≥2
Legumes 0 0 335 Evidence of association for weight loss [55, 56]
1 >0 < 0.25
2 ≥0.25 < 0.5
3 ≥0.5 < 0.75
4 ≥0.75 < 1
5 ≥1
Milk/Yoghurt 0 0 500 Upper limit represents the minimum number of serves recommended in the ADG.
1 >0 ≤ 2 or >4
2 >2 ≤ 2.5
3 >2.5 ≤ 3
4 >3 ≤ 3.5
5 >3.5 ≤ 4
Protein rich foods 0 0 335 Upper limit represents the minimum number of serves recommended in the ADG.
1 >0 ≤ 2 or >3
2 >2 ≤ 2.25
3 >2.25 ≤ 2.5
4 >2.5 ≤ 2.75
5 >2.75 ≤ 3
Starchy vegetables 0 0 335 Recommendation in HealthTrack study to limit to 1 serve per day.
1 >0 ≤ 0.125 or >1
2 >0.125 ≤ 0.25
3 >0.25 ≤ 0.5
4 >0.5 ≤ 0.75
5 >0.75 ≤ 1
Spreads/oils 0 0 200 Upper limit represents the maximum number of serves recommended in ADG. (allowance under Protein rich foods)
1 >0 ≤ 2 or >4
2 >2 ≤ 2.5
3 >2.5 ≤ 3
4 >3 ≤ 3.5
5 >3.5 ≤ 4
Alcoholic beverages 0 >2 10 g/d Recommendation provided by the NHMRC.
1 ≤2
Discretionary foods/beverages 0 >3 600 Allowance developed based on reported median intakes of “discretionary” items in HealthTrack study.
1 >2 ≤ 3
2 >1 ≤ 2
3 ≤1
  1. aSingle serve equivalents determined using a published ready reckoner [59, 60]. Scoring criteria guided by ADG [8], NHMRC [58] and dietary advice provided in HealthTrack [48]