The overall nutritional quality index is hitting supermarkets in 2009. Many products will have NuVal scores ranging from 1-100. 100 meaning the food has the highest nutritional value and lowest amounts of calories and 1…well don’t buy as much of that particular product. The algorithm was designed by the Griffin Hospital at Yale and consist of a fraction with healthy nutrients in the numerator and unhealthy nutrients in the denominator, which equals a score of 1-100.
Here is a sample of scores in a supermarket:
For fruits and vegetables, apricots, blueberries, cabbage, cauliflower, orange, strawberries, spinach, and many others earned a score of 100. Coconut fared the worse with 24. Pineapple is a 99 and mango is 93.
You can look at all the NuVal scores here for every food category.
With approximately 45,000 products in an average supermarket, the NuVal scores will help consumers have an easier time making better and healthier food choices. Currently, Price Chopper and Hy-Vee are testing the score system at their chain grocery stores.