Cindy Heller, of Family Circle magazine, joins us to go over some of the new labeling systems used to help you find foods that are healthy.
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Learn About NuVal Nutritional Scoring Audra Lowe: Throughout the grocery store, we’re trying to pick out the healthiest groceries on the shelves. Well, it can be tough when you’re looking at those labels. They’re confusing. Some of them are misleading. Well, now supermarkets are introducing a new system to help you figure it all out. Cindy Heller is the assistant food editor of Family Circle magazine and she’s got the latest info. Good to have you here Cindy. Cindy Heller: Thank you, pleasure. Audra Lowe: There’s a new labeling system -- Cindy Heller: Yes. Audra Lowe: Honestly, is everyone going to be able to understand it? Cindy Heller: I can’t tell. I mean labels are more confusing than ever without these buzz words and just don’t know where to turn. So, there’s this new system called NuVal. It’s been used in hundreds of grocery stores across the country, 750 in fact. Audra Lowe: Okay. Cindy Heller: And it gives every single part of the store a ranking from 1100, takes into account different nutrients -- everything from the good like fiber folate, vitamins to everything to the bad sodium, fat and sugars. I want to stay clear. Audra Lowe: So one being like the least healthy for you and -- Cindy Heller: Least healthy and 100 if the best for you, yes. Audra Lowe: Okay. This is good to know because sometimes you can look at the labels and say -- it’s too much sugar, but not a lot of sodium and that kind of thing. Cindy Heller: It’s confounding. Audra Lowe: You used the NuVal system to rank the best snacks and a couple of them, we’re going to take a look at today. Cindy Heller: Yes. Audra Lowe: With the chips. Cindy Heller: Yes. Audra Lowe: Okay. Cindy Heller: Yeah, we brought in some healthy snacks for you. We have this Terra Sweet Potato Snacks. Audra Lowe: Okay. Cindy Heller: Those are 49-ranking on the NuVal system. You get 17 chips for only 160 calories, so that’s a good size snack there. Audra Lowe: Okay, right. Cindy Heller: And then next over here is Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, also a great value at 24 ranking. And you get 13 Chips for 130 Calories. So pretty good. Audra Lowe: And then we’ll talk about the sweet. And before we get here, the ranking just so I know. It’s not going to be on that the label themselves is going to be right in front of the product itself? Hopefully, we’re have it. Cindy Heller: Yeah, it should be readily apparent. Audra Lowe: Okay, so we’ll be able to find it. Cindy Heller: Yes. Audra Lowe: We don’t have to dig for it. Cindy Heller: Yeah. Audra Lowe: Alright, let’s talk about the sweets here now -- so these looked good. Cindy Heller: I know. Audra Lowe: Tell me. Cindy Heller: Sweets have one set to get a good ranking on. But these are a couple of good ones. These are the Hostess 100 Calorie Packs. You get three little adorable cupcakes for 100 calories. Yes, it’s definitely worth to try. Audra Lowe: Okay. Cindy Heller: And then, Jell-O Cook and Serve Instant Pudding. There’s always room. You get a half-cup for only 102 calories. So pretty good. Audra Lowe: What are the rankings for both of these two products here? Cindy Heller: Well, for this guy, you got a ranking of 16 which is pretty good for sweets, and then the pudding is actually 25, so -- Audra Lowe: 25 for the pudding. Okay, a little bit higher there. Now, we had some surprising stats when it came to peanut butter, right? Cindy Heller: Yeah, we were suppose to learn that reduced-fat peanut butter isn’t necessarily better for you. We found that the full-fat peanut butter, even though it has more saturated fat, because actually they’re healthier fats for you. So the full fat actually has a NuVal ranking of 20 versus a ranking of for the reduced fats. Audra Lowe: So, 20 for the regular and then 7 for the reduced fat. Cindy Heller: Yeah. Audra Lowe: What about the listing for other markets, I mean, I’ve noticed you said 750 supermarkets are using this. Cindy Heller: Yeah. Audra Lowe: So how do you find out or how do you get the