Health & Fitness
Now You Can Compare Apples and Oranges
Finally there’s an easy way to choose the most nutritious food- the NuVal System developed by an independent panel of nutrition and medical experts at Yale University. It assigns food a single score from 1 to 100 - the higher the number, the higher the nutrition, for thousands of items in supermarkets.
For example, a leading brand of plain applesauce received only a 4 because the pulp and the skin are removed and with it the fiber and other nutrients. A fresh apple scores 96.
Orange juice, even with lots of pulp, has a much lower score than oranges.
There are more eye openers.
Most fruits and vegetables score a perfect 100.
Even candy has a number. Dark chocolate is more nutritious for our kids because it has a higher score than milk chocolate.
Compare one macaroni brand at 57 to a whole wheat macaroni brand at 91, and you might decide to switch.
A popular cereal gets a 37 while a shredded wheat earns 91.
It’s empowering to know what you’re eating. And I love learning about the subtle and important differences in value of foods.
I’m excited to have better ways to make decisions about the food I buy.
I don’t want to be misled by product labels such as “sugar-free, low-fat, and lite.” Many of these products have less fiber, more carbohydrates, sodium, or sugar, which lower their nutritional value.
At nuval.com you can find out which supermarkets are using the system, and download a brochure to show your supermarket manager to encourage them to start using the Nu Val System.
The power and the simplicity of a single score system which is reliable, and holistic will help me and my family eat better. The small jumps in our score can have an important impact on our health.