Grocery Shopping Taken to New Heights

Look for the NuVal score.

Grocery Shopping Taken to New Heights
pixabay.comEvery product in every store has a NuVal score next to the price.  Purchase a product with a high NuVal nutritional score.

Perhaps you knew about this ingenious way to track only the foods that offer your body the best in nutritional value or like me maybe you have not heard about this and this is new news for grocery shoppers.

A Simple and Nutritious Way to Shop

Grocery shopping for excellent nutritional food is easier than you think. Healthy eating every day means a lifestyle modification. There is a system that I just found out about, called, the NuVal Scoring System.

This system makes it easy for everyone who is looking for a better way to make improved decisions in regards to the food choices bought at any store and eaten every day. By making improved food choices, you will improve the nutritional value of the foods you consume every day.

Put products in your shopping cart that carry a high NuVal score for better food choices.

Easily fill your shopping cart with good food choices.

Fill your cart with the highest nutritional food choices.

Dr. David Katz is the doctor who is responsible for bringing this system to the forefront of the grocery-shopping world. Doctor Katz, a recognized expert in his study of nutrition, is a leading force in this area.

Doctor Katz, known for his work in weight control and America's obesity problems, and prevention of many of the recognized chronic disease processes, developed the NuVal system.

Doctor Katz spearheaded a team of nutritional specialists and medical experts who acted as an independent team formulated from some of the leading universities and health systems.

The support of this team came through the efforts of Griffin Hospital with a teaching affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine in Derby, Connecticut. The information says that it took two years to develop the ONQI algorithm, the power behind the new NuVal system.

The information in which this independent team collected is complex and complicated. However, the solution is surprisingly simple for consumers to understand if looking for a more acceptable means to make informed food choices, therefore improving the value of nutrition every day to the diet.

Some of the complexities of this system involve a value-packed focus, with an objective that is convenient, inclusive, and simple. In other words, this system provides the consumer with nutritional information through a simple number between one and 100.

The NuVal system labels all foods with a number. When I say all foods, I mean just that; all fruits, vegetable, prepackaged, fresh foods, frozen foods, snacks, and the list goes on forever, covering all foods sold on the market today.

Know your ABC's of good nutrition.

Good nutrition is as easy as ABC through the NuVal System.

A Complex System with a Simple Outcome

The NuVal system places a number value of all foods right along with the price of the product on individual shelf tags. Therefore, nutritional values are as easy to compare as the prices. No manufactures of different food products or retailers had anything to do with this system. This system allows consumers to compare not only prices but also nutritional value. These numbers sit side by side with the price of the product.

Calculations by this team of experts were complicated, however, this team made a complex system easy and understandable at a glance.

  • The proper intake of the correct nutrients helps the body fight illness and disease.
  • A deficiency of nutrients leads to obesity, sickness, and disease.

Eating the proper nutrients in the right amounts is no guarantee of being able to avoid any illness or disease, however, when you feed your body correctly, this gives your body a fighting chance to overcome illnesses.

When a person does not consume an adequate supply of nutrients every day, then the body is not going to run to its optimum potential. A lack of nutritional supplies contributes to the breakdown of vital organs and tissues.

This breakdown of the body does not occur overnight. It happens over years of abuse to the body by eating all the wrong foods in crazy amounts.

This system works into these calculations over 30 nutrients some of which are,

  • Fats
  • Fiber
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Antioxidants

These calculations take into consideration how these good things influence health and work into the dietary guidelines from the USDA and Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes.

As I mentioned earlier the experts in the nutritional field, who put all their time and effort into helping consumers make informed food decisions, arrived at the results of NuVal scores by making a list of favorable consumable ingredients, such as the following.

  • Total Carotenoids
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Foliate
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Total Bioflavonoids
  • Potassium
  • Vitamins A, C, D, E, B12, B6

In life, there are pros and cons to everything and ingredients in our foods are no exceptions. Consumers must be aware of the disadvantages of certain foods and the ingredients to avoid.

These products have nothing to add to the best nutritional needs that a consumer requires. Some of the things that everyone needs to avoid to improve their health are the following.

  • Saturated Fats
  • Trans Fats
  • Cholesterol
  • Sugar (This includes the total added sugar in the product, listed on the label.)
  • Sodium

Open eyes to better food choices.

Open your eyes and look at the NuVal food score next to the price of the food product on the shelve price tag. What you think is a highly nutritious food item, may not be as nutritious as you thought.

The NuVal score explains the nutritional value.

Take time to look at the NuVal food score next to the price of the food product on the shelve price tag. What you think is a highly nutritious food item, may not be as nutritious as you thought. The NuVal score tells you the nutritional value.

A New Way to Grocery Shop

All consumable products have a number ranging from one to 100. The higher the NuVal number on the product, the higher the nutritional value.

If the NuVal score is low, then the consumer should not consider that item in their diet. That product is not going to add any value to the body.

This team of amazing experts gives a specific category of examples such as the following.

  • Look for a High NuVal score on food items.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable scores range from 21 to 100.

Things that determine this score in fruits are,

  • Fiber
  • Sodium
  • Sugar in the product

The things that define scores in vegetables are,

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fiber
  • Calories
  • Sodium

The things that define seafood scores are,

  • Amount of quality protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Omega -3 fatty acids

Fresh Seafood scores are 25-89

Ingredients considered in sodas are the amounts of,

  • Sugar
  • Sodium

  • Soda scores range from 1-23.
  • Frozen Novelties have scores ranging from 1-100.

The things that define scores in bread are,

  • Saturated Fat
  • Fiber
  • Sugar
  • Sodium

Sandwich Bread scores range 2-81.

The things that define scores in cerealsis the amounts of,

  • Fiber
  • Sugar
  • Sodium

Cereal scores range from 2-100.

Ingredients that factor into salty snacks score is,

  • Fiber
  • Sodium
  • Saturated Fats
  • Trans Fats

Salty Snacks have a score that ranges from 25-89.

Improved Health Through Better Food Decisions Made Easy

If you are a consumer who cares about their health and that of your family, then this new nutritional system, called NuVal system needs your attention when you are grocery shopping.


If product scores are low, the product has no place in your shopping cart and on your kitchen shelves.

The experts have put into this system, many hours of work to bring about a simple way for busy consumers to utilize the best combination of foods offering everyone the best chance for improved health, weight loss, and more natural lifestyle changes through making the best nutritional food choices at the grocery store.

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Carolann Sherwood
Carolann Sherwood
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