Your Meal Score

Understand how meal scores are formed

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The Meal Score combines evidence-based glucose measures and nutrition research to rate your meal from 1 to 10. The score integrates glucose fluctuation, glucose rise, time above ideal range, after-meal average glucose level, and Food Quality.

Food Quality evaluates how processed a food is, its nutritional quality, and its glycemic index. Learn more here.

A higher score reflects a meal with a more stable glucose response and high Food Quality. A lower score reflects a meal with a less stable glucose response and lower Food Quality.

Consistently aiming for higher meal scores (typically 7-10) is a good step toward supporting your metabolic health.

Remember, your glucose response reflects not only your meal quality, quantity, timing, and composition but is also affected by your body composition, activity level, and sleep quality, among other lifestyle contributors.

You can learn more about your Meal Score anytime by tapping "Learn more about your meal score."

You might get a different score from eating the same meal on different days. This could be due to a few factors and is not a cause for worry. Your meal timing, previous meals, exercise, and even sleep can affect your reaction to a meal and, consequently, the score you get. Even stress can affect your glucose and result in a score you were not expecting.

Perhaps you were more active before or after one meal than the other? Maybe the order in which you ate the ingredients was reversed? Maybe you had eaten something shortly before one meal but not the other? Perhaps one time the meal was reheated or not thoroughly heated? All of these factors play a role in why you scored differently.

We suggest you try eating the same meal under different conditions to help you find the best fit for you!

Food quality explained

To calculate your Meal Score, Veri now weighs your glucose response against the Food Quality of its ingredients. The Meal Score screen will show how each factor contributes to your score.

Here is an example of how two meals can be scored differently, even with the same glucose response, because of the quality of the foods.

โ€‹Good glucose response with high-quality foods:

Good glucose response with low-quality foods:

Note: Food Quality evaluates how processed a food is, its nutritional quality, and its glycemic index. Read more here.

This works in the other direction as well. For instance, if you eat a meal with high-quality ingredients, but your blood glucose levels increase, the score will be higher than before the upgrade.

How to get the most out of the Meal Score feature

To get the most accurate Meal Score, log your ingredients and be specific. For example, if you had a turkey sandwich, you should log the bread, turkey, lettuce, tomato, and condiments. This will also help you learn which foods to keep and which foods to kick.

Tip: If you think your Meal Score was affected by something like a high-intensity workout or a hot shower (both can cause spikes), you can choose to exclude this meal by tapping on the info icon at the top right, then selecting "Exclude this Meal Score."

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