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Table 1 The Mediterranean Diet Score, Pro-vegetarian Dietary Pattern and Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 scoring methods

From: A longitudinal analysis of diet quality scores and the risk of incident depression in the SUN Project

Mediterranean diet score Pro-vegetarian dietary pattern Alternative healthy eating index-2010
Component Criteria Component Criteria Component Criteria for min score (0) Criteria for max score (10)
Vegetables 1 point if consumption is above the sex-specific median Vegetables Energy-adjusted consumptions were ranked according to their sex-specific quintiles Vegetables 0 serv/d ≥5 serv/d
Fruits and nuts Fruits Fruits 0 serv/d ≥4 serv/d
Cereals Nuts Whole-grain bread 0 g/d 420 g/d
Fish Cereals Sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juice ≥1 drink/d 0 drinks/d
Legumes Legumes   
Monounsaturated to saturated fatty acids ratio Olive oil Plant foods: Nuts and legumes 0 serv/d ≥1 serv/d
Potatoes (Q1 = 1 point) Red/processed meat ≥1.5 serv/d 0 serv/d
(Q5 = 5 points) Trans fatty acids ≥4 % E ≤0.5 % E
Long-chain omega-3 0 ≥250 mg/d
Meat and meat products 1 point if consumption is below the sex-specific median Added animal fats Energy-adjusted consumptions were ranked according to their sex-specific quintiles Polyunsaturated fatty acids intake ≤2 % E ≥10 % E
Eggs Sodium Highest decile Lowest decile
Dairy products Fish Alcohol intake ≥3.5 drinks/d (men) 0.5–2.0 drinks/d (men)
Dairy products
(≥10 and ≤50 g/d) men 1 point if moderate alcohol intake Meats and meat products Animal foods: ≥2.5 drinks/d (women) 0.5–1.5 drinks/d (women)
(≥5 and ≤25 g/d) women (Q1 = 5 points)
(Q5 = 1 point)