As if all the conflicting nutritional advice the public gets wasn’t enough, a new nutritional scoring system for supermarket foods has been implemented in grocery stores across the nation (including Meijer and Price Chopper).
It’s called NuVal. Naturally, the system is based on the advice of the diet dictocrats — the people who gave us the food pyramid responsible for making us all fat (or at least chained to our treadmills).
You can tell how I feel about this already, can’t you?
The food is rated on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most “nutritious.” Now, you know I’m all about eating the most nutrient-dense foods available.
So, I want to do a little experiment.
You guys are all fairly well educated, right?
I want you to go see some of the sample scores that NuVal has made available on their website. I want you to choose one of their scores that you vehemently disagree with, then I want you to come back here and comment about why you disagree.
Simple, isn’t it?
And FUN? (I hope!)
If you’re so inclined, you can even include a link to an article or two that would prove your point. That way, if any readers are wondering about why you think the way you do about food and nutrition, they’ll be able to read something more in depth that backs up your point of view.
I’ll go first.
Here’s the first NuVal score I saw that offended me:
Under “Milk,” the only milks that scored 100 were skim milks!
Skim milks are bad for you on oh so many levels. (Want to know what I think”real milk” is? Read here.)
- Vitamins A & D are present in the butterfat of milk. If the fat is removed, those Vitamins are removed, too. Synthetic forms of them may be used to fortify the milk, but to what end? These are fat soluble vitamins, meaning that your body can only digest them with the fat. No fat = No vitamin uptake. Furthermore, your body needs the vitamins to be able to assimilate the calcium and protein present in the milk. So, no fat = no vitamins = no calcium or protein. Basically, fat free milk is a total non-food.
- Butterfat is rich in short- and medium chain fatty acids which protect against disease and stimulate the immune system. No fat = a weakened immune system.
- Butterfat also contains glyco-spingolipids which prevent intestinal distress and conjugated linoleic acid which has strong anticancer properties. No fat = digestive problems.
- Fat-free milk usually also contains additives to make it creamier, usually in the form of powdered non-fat dry milk. Powdered milk contains dangerous oxidized cholesterol and neurotoxic amino acids.
I could go on, but just seeing this short list has made me happier.
Now it’s your turn. Go rip the NuVal recommendations to shreds.
This post is part of today’s Fight Back Fridays blog carnival. If you want to read more interesting articles, tips, or recipes by lovers of Real Food (nutrient-dense, sustainable, organic, local, ethical, traditional food), go check it out!