Hello my current readers and CarrotsNCake readers! Today is a special post that Tina asked people to do to get NuVal some attention and to help people understand what her new job/company does! I’m very excited about this because I think it’s a great thing and glad my grocery store has it.
Asmost of you know I live in rural Iowa and to get to a real grocery store around here I have to drive 50 minutes to a chain store called Hy-Vee in Sioux City, IA. They have a great selection and an amazing health/natural section, especially for this area. When I first moved here 2 months ago, I was searching online for a good grocery store to shop at. I came across Hy-Vee, it has a tab on their website labeled “Health” and at the bottom of it was NuVal. I was racking my brain for a second (and it hit me) this was my favorite bloggies new job place.
I then educated myself on NuVal and their system. It’s a scroing system from 1-100 that scores all foods in a store based on a lot of different components. This is what their website says, “NuVal Scores summarize comprehensive nutritional information in one simple number between 1 and 100. Each NuVal Score takes into account more than just the nutrition fact panel. It considers 30-plus nutrients and nutrition factors – the good (protein, calcium, vitamins) and the not-so-good (sugar, sodium, cholesterol). And then it boils it down into a simple, easy-to-use number; a number you can trust to make better decisions about nutrition in just a few seconds.”
So I got in my car, dragged my hubby with me, and we went shopping. The purpose of doing this was to show all you readers of what most people get opposed to looking at these scores, and “trading up” for a more nutritional product based on the NuVal score. I picked a couple different products that normal people shopping would buy and then compared them side by side.
I first started with drinks. Not many of us healthy people buy drinks because most of us drink water, but every once in a while something with a little flavor sounds good. Also for the purpose of educating people who don’t understand nutrition, this is great information. My first product is Red Bull and it got a rating of 1 (out of 100, no less). Not a surprise to most, and to trade up I compared it to a Fuze Drink which got a rating of 31.
Next up is chips. I started with the lower score, which wound up being Cheetos, with a score of 9. Compared to Baked Tostitos Scoops for a score of 25.
Onto one of most peoples staples for a carb loading dinner: Pasta. Regular White Thin Spaghetti scores a 57, but the Barilla Plus Whole Wheat Rotini scores a 91. It just shows you again what a little trade up with little to no taste difference can do for a simple meal.
Another popular food item that is easy to trade up on is Cereal. This one is probably the biggest difference I found while researching all of this. The first product is Fruit Loops with a score of 23 versus Shredded Wheat that scores a 91!
I could compare products with NuVal all day, I spent a good couple of hours in Hy-Vee this past Saturday. It was a great eye-opening experience to learn how to get more nutritional items based on a great scoring system that my grocery store has provided for me. I also want to add that trading up for nutrition doesn’t mean paying more either. Most of the products I looked at with higher scores were of the same price or lower that the lower nutrition scores. That makes trading up even better.
If you live in an area where your grocery store has NuVal, I recommend going to the store right now and researching/planning your meals or products you buy through this system. NuVal is very easy to understand and their website also has some amazing features where you can plug in a product and see the score if your store doesn’t have it.
To find a location go to the Locations Page to find a store near you!
Thanks to Tina for letting me educate her readers and my readers a little more on this amazing company she works for and for getting the word out so that more grocery stores pick this system up!
Have you used the NuVal system or live in an area with a grocery store that has it?