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The system also incorporates measures for the quality of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, as well as calories and omega-3 fats. Learn how your comment data is processed. Martha Gooch Regular Spaghetti Long. Scores can rise when the product uses a whole grain crust which raises the fiber and real cheese, which raises the score because of the added calcium. NuVal numbers range from 1 to , and the higher the score, the better the nutrition.

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The answer lies in what the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System takes into account—and it's not just nutrition. The ONQI quantifies more than 30 nutrients and nutrition factors such as vitamins, minerals and fiber, as well as sugar, salt and saturated fat. A trip back to long division in grade school paints the simplest picture of the NuVal score. Nutrients with favorable effects on health are the numerators, while nutrients with unfavorable effects are the denominators. When the two are divided, the NuVal score is produced.

Other "weighting coefficients" are applied to the numbers, such as fat quality, protein quality, glycemic load and nutrient density, which all contribute to overall dietary wellness.

The system is different from ANDI , which measures nutrient density on a scale of 1 to , and includes such scores as kale at while broccoli is Splitting hairs among fruits and vegetables is not something NuVal is interested in, because public health shows people simply aren't eating enough as it is.

This explains why fresh broccoli and canned green beans—as long as the canned version has no additives—can share the same score. Organic is not included as a factor in the NuVal Scores because "there is no evidence-based science that foods that meet the organic standards have better overall nutritional quality," said Maggi.

They both have 5 grams of fiber per medium-sized apple. That doesn't change because one is organic. As organic has become more mainstream, it has moved into processed foods, which may or may not be healthy in terms of fat content.

And then it boils it down into a simple, easy-to-use number; a number you can trust to make better decisions about nutrition in just a few seconds. Now you can compare overall nutrition the same way you compare price. You can even compare apples and oranges. For a brief overview of the system view the informational video at NuVal.

To learn more about it — and the independent panel of nutrition and medical experts who developed it — visit The Science Behind NuVal. New Nutritional Scoring System: NuVal Rating Aug 20, It is a tool you can easily use while shopping to make more nutritious food choices. The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

Our easy-to-use scoring system helps you cut through the clutter of nutrition information so you can make decisions about food quickly, easily, and with confidence. Should you buy the rotisserie chicken or the chicken pie? Is yogurt more nutritious for you than cottage cheese?

How did you determine what nutrients to use? Where does the nutrient data you use in the scoring process come from? Could the Score for the same product change over time? And these changes are likely to happen for two reasons.