Nutrition by the Numbers

Wouldn’t it be great if foods had a single nutrition score you could rely on? Whole Foods’ ANDI scores are part of Eat Right America, a larger program aimed at optimizing health and weight loss. Market Street’s NuVal scores grew out of a project at Griffin Hospital, a Yale University teaching affiliate.

Still, I have my doubts. Is Kale really 100 (or 10) times better than olive oil?

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  1. Brian Williams. says:

    It is nice to see that Kale scored a perfect 1,000 score on the ANDI scale and a near-perfect 99 score on the NuVal scale.

    My question is about split peas, which scored a measly 58 out of 1,000 on the ANDI scale — but a whopping 96 out of 100 on the NuVal scale. How can it be so different?

  2. Devon Herrick says:

    So to lose weight I have to eat kale, iceberg lettuce and carrots.

    Yoplait fat-free yogurt is another items that varies from one list to the other.

  3. Virginia says:

    Rule of thumb: does it taste bad? If so, it probably scored really high.

  4. Bruce says:

    These rating systems look really screwy to me.

  5. Mark says:

    Have to agree that the rankings look somewhat weird.

  6. Tom H. says:

    This gives a whole new meaning to the idea of a parallel universe.

  7. Elliott Morss says:

    I just did an article comparing ANDI and NuVal –

    I reached the same conclusion as John.