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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

Complaint About NuVal Rating System?

By May 14, 2012

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Have you heard of the NuVal rating system? It's a system that rates the nutrition value of foods from 1 to 100, with 100 being the top score. It's not in place in all grocery stores, but you'll know it when you see it. The grocery store where I shop in Connecticut has them, and I'm sure many of you would be amazed at some of the scores. I have to say, though, that those scores make sense to me.

Apparently, those scores don't make sense to the National Consumers League, an organization that recently put in a complaint about the scores, calling them "wacky."

Dr. David Katz, the nutrition and health expert behind the system defends NuVal scores, stating that healthy-sounding foods like canned fruits contain more calories from added sugar rather than from actual fruit.

What do you think? Have you seen NuVal scores in your store? Do they help you make better nutrition decisions?

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