Sunday, March 10, 2013
NuVal Scoring System
Have you heard about the NuVal food nutritional scoring system? I read an article about it this week and would love to see this type of labeling in my local grocery store. According to the NuVal system foods are ranked with a score of 1 to 100. The higher the score the more nutritious the food. Now, I have to say that this scoring system is for meat eaters as well as vegans--it is simply a way to help the consumer make more knowledgeable nutritional choices when shopping.
“The NuVal...scoring system, [is] based on 30 factors including vitamins, fiber, salt, sugar, fat quality, protein quality, glycemic load, energy density and calories. From the public health evidence about those factors, they constructed an algorithm that processes the data into a single number. As new food science research is published, and as products are reformulated by their manufacturers, the algorithm and the individual scores are updated.” - by Marty Kaplan - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/supermarkets-please-dont-_b_2802939.html?utm_hp_ref=business
For example an apple receives a score of 96 while Mott’s Original Applesauce gets a score of 4.
According to the article approximately 30 retail food chains are adopting the scores. However, Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s are not among them.
Personally, I would like to see Safeway, Albertson's, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and New Seasons all adopt the scores!
So, I went out to the NuVal site and entered a couple of stores in my area suggesting these stores be added. You can do this as well!
Simply go to their website and click on "Recommend a Store" enter the stores you would like to adopt this scoring system.