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Healthy Living: NuVal. New Year, New You


I can’t believe 2013 is almost here! This year has gone by so quickly! Many of us start off the New Year with a healthy bang. We join gyms and stock our fridges with fresh fruits and vegetables in hopes to lose those unwanted pounds that seem to just appear over the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately by mid-January the visits to gym get fewer and the hopes of getting healthy diminish.

At Brookshire’s we have an easy tool that lets you pick the most nutritious products in a short amount of time. NuVal is a scoring system that places food’s overall nutritional value on a scale between 1 and 100. Simply put, the higher the NuVal score, the higher the product’s overall nutrition. You can find these scores located in the blue double hexagon on the price tag.  

NuVal produces the scores by entering the information from the nutrition facts panel and the ingredients list into an algorithm, called Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI). The ONQI takes into account 30 different nutrients that affect the health of the general public, including sodium, fat, carbohydrates, proteins, cholesterol, fiber, antioxidants and a number of vitamins and minerals.

 When using NuVal, there is not a particular score to shoot for; rather it’s a tool to help you compare items. If you normally buy a cereal that scores a 10, try to find one that scores a little higher, like a 17. Just remember the higher the score, the better the overall nutrition of the product. The NuVal system is not a diet and should not take place of any dietary recommendations provided by your doctor. NuVal is a quick and simple tool to help you pick the most nutritious foods for your family. 

I personally love using the NuVal system and use it every time I go to the store. I encourage you to give it a try this January!


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