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Food Rating Systems In Grocery Stores In Service


Presented in January 2011 to 200+ CEDA WIC employees

Presented in January 2011 to 200+ CEDA WIC employees

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  • Cheez-It- 23Ritz Bits- 7
  • Nilla-8Teddy- 24
  • Beans- 100Spinach- 67


  • 1.  Aggregate Nutrient  NuVal Nutritional Density Index Scoring System (ANDI)  Developed under Created by Dr. Joel leadership of Dr. Fuhrman, chief David Katz, medical officer of director of Yale Eat Right America. Prevention Research Center.
  • 2.  Rates mostly whole foods Does include some processed Score is on a scale of 1-1,000 Currently, only implemented at Whole Foods Market
  • 3.  Beneficial nutrients (fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) in relation to calories. Comparison of nutrient values of various foods in equal calorie portions to create 1-1,000 scale. http://www.eatrightamerica.com/nutri tarian-lifestyle/Measuring-the-Nutrient- Density-of-your-Food
  • 4.  Reflects nutritional values of low-calorie, high-nutrition foods. Healthy foods, such as nuts, have lower ratings due to high fat content. Idea is to get people more excited about higher rated foods that are usually passed by in grocery stores.
  • 5.  Easy to understand  Does not take healthy fats Color-coded chart shows into account-Walnuts rank of which foods are which have healthy sterols best and stanols have a low rating due to high fat Ranks whole foods content. Takes micronutrients into  Implemented only at account Whole Foods  Does not include many processed foods  Scale of 1-1,000 may seem difficult (most scales are on 1-100, foods ranked at 300 may seem good, but it is only equivalent to 30 or a 3 on a 100 or 10 point scale)
  • 6.  Rates whole foods Rates many more processed foods in relation to ANDI. Score is on a scale of 1-100. Currently implemented at Kroger and Meijer.
  • 7.  Factors that have a positive impact on health (vitamins, minerals, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids)DIVIDED BY Factors that have a negative impact on health (sodium, sugar, saturated and trans fats)MULTIPLIED BY “Weighting Coefficients” (food’s impact on various health conditions: obesity, heart disease, diabetes)
  • 8.  Focus for shoppers is on trading up within categories. Encourages the challenge of choosing the best trade ups.
  • 9.  Easy 1-100 scale  Puts saturated fat and Canned products can trans fat in the same score as high as 100, category. not just fresh products.  Full-fat dairy products Implemented in more have a much lower accessible stores such rating because of this as Kroger and Meijer  May lead customers to Takes healthy fats and buy more processed findings of health foods just because the benefits from food rating seems high sources into account Focus on trading up instead of just making healthy choices
  • 10.  Reduced Fat  NabiscoRitz Bits Cheez-Its Crackers with Cheese
  • 11.  Rating of 23  Ritz Bits Rating:7 Has higher iron and vitamin values and lower fat.
  • 12.  Nabisco Nilla  Honey-Flavored Wafers Teddy Grahams
  • 13.  Rating of 24  Nilla Wafers This is because Rating: 8 they are now made with whole grains while Nilla Wafers are filled with sugar.
  • 14.  GreenGiant  GreenGiant Steamable Green Spinach No Sauce Beans
  • 15.  Rating of 100  GreenGiant Shows that not Spinach Rating: 67 just fresh vegetables have a perfect score. Higher rating than spinach because spinach has a high sodium content
  • 16.  These systems are in a pilot stage They are something to be aware of in case they are implemented in more stores in the future The important thing is that clients are educated about which foods are best regardless of rating system.