While you stroll through the grocery store, do you mindlessly throw the same products in your cart, or do you take the time to wonder if you're getting a nutritionally sound product? It takes a lot of time and I am constantly reading labels. I avoid a few buzz words such as partially hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup and artificial anything. Even after all that reading, I'm not always sure I'm making the correct choice.
There is now a much easier way to make those choices. NuVal Nutritional Scoring System http://www.nuval.com/About
rates specific foods on a scale from 1-100. The higher the number that is assigned to the product, the higher the nutritional
value. Then that number is put right on the price tag, so it's easy to compare products.
The scores are calculated by looking at over 30 nutrients (calcium, fiber, protein, etc) as well as unhealthy ingredients (such as sugars, fat, sodium). Then it all gets narrowed down to one simple number that can help you make a better decision when making a product choice.
Not only does this simplify your shopping experience, but I believe it will finally force manufacturers to deliver quality products. I am just thrilled by this system and can't wait for it to come to local stores. It's currently being used in a number of select meijer stores and being tested at Kroger. Wal-Mart recently announced it is going to come up with it's own nutritional evaluation system. I would LOVE
to have this in our local Dominicks or Jewel - please feel free to suggest a store
on their website.
Right now I let my kids shop for anything they want as long as it doesn't include the forbidden ingredients. They're tired of reading. Wouldn't it be great to say, get anything as long as it doesn't go below a certain number. You'll be surprised at the ranking of certain foods.