One of the great things about NuVal, the at-a-glance system for figuring out a food’s nutritional value, is that the NuVal people constantly update their information. So, as products change their formulation, and new products enter the market, you can be sure you are getting new, current information about the foods you are feeding your family. In the NuVal system, food gets a score from 1 to 100. The higher the score, the better the overall nutrition of that product.
Each month, I receive a report with changes in NuVal scores. Scores can go up or down depending on how a product has been reformulated. With the addition of fiber or the removal of trans fats the score can increase. If fiber is removed or sugar is added the score can decrease.
I am always pleased to see how manufactures strive to have a more nutritious product and sad when one of my favorite product’s score has declined. Here are a few items that have recently had a score change.
- Dannon Strawberry, Blueberry and Vanilla Greek Yogurt all had a score increase due to the fortification of Vitamin D. Fortification is adding a micronutrient (like vitamins and minerals) to a product that was not there before. Dannon Strawberry Greek Yogurt went from a 27 to a 43, blueberry went from 28 to a 40, and vanilla went from a 28 to a 38.
- Dole Fruit Cups had the syrup in the product replaced with 100% juice. Diced pears went from a score of 5 to a 24, cherry mixed fruit went from a 6 to a 24 and mandarin oranges went from a 7 to a 23.
- Kellogg Peaches and Berries Special K Bars had a score increase from a 3 to a 24. The product’s reformulation resulted in more fiber and less sugar and trans fat.
- The Taco Bell Dinner Kit had the removal of partially hydrogenated soybean oil, a trans fat, resulting in a score increase from 8 to 20.
If you have any questions about NuVal or why a scored changed feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .