Tags to Inform Food Shoppers of Nutritional Value - Page 2
An example of the NuVal scoring system:
Bluberries = 100
Pineapple = 99
Bananas = 91
Silk Soy Milk, Chocolate = 68
Chex Mix traditional salty snacks = 13
Cap'n Crunch sweetened corn and oat cereal = 10
Campagna Turano Italian bread = 2
According to the ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), ailment and disease is the result of poor nutrition. Although not every disease can be cured by nutrition alone, there is a good deal of truth to this belief because a good number of ailments result from malnutrition. After all, rickets is a result of a diet lacking in vitamin D; scurvy results from a lack of vitamin C; pellagra results from a lack of vitamin B3; night blindness or xerophthalmia comes from a lack of vitamin A; anemia comes from a lack of iron; kwashiorkor from a lack of protein; beri-beri from a lack of vitamin B1; osteoporosis from a lack of calcium; and hypokalemia and cardiac arrhythmias from a lack of potassium. What's the key phrase here? "The lack of," which means that adequate nutrition is essential to health.
So, what Hippocrates says: "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" is good advice to counter the dominance of fast foods, frozen TV dinners that are filled with artificial preservatives, coloring, and flavorings, and other junk foods that are low in nutritional value but high in just about anything else that's bad for health.
The NuVal ranking system is a godsend to those who don't have the time to vigilantly read all the nutritional labels on every food item they need to buy to feed themselves and their families.