What is nutriscore
is a food choice logo. A Food Choice logo is an image on the front of food
packaging. Nutri-Score gives the composition of a product a certain score,
which can be found in a letter color code on the packaging.
was developed in France. With this logo you can see which foods within the same
product group have a better composition according to the Nutri-Score
calculation model. A product group is, for example, bread, soft drinks, meat,
pizza or ready meals.
determine the score, 'positive' and 'negative' components of a product receive
points. Positive components are the amount of protein, fiber, vegetables,
fruit, legumes, nuts and certain oils. These are subtracted from the points for
negative components, namely the amount of energy, saturated fat, sugar and
salt. This is how the calculation method is now designed, in the long term this
may change due to revisions.
of the calculation method is translated into a score with colors ranging from
dark green (A) to dark orange (E). A dark green A stands for the better
composition within the product group, according to the Nutri-Score calculation
looks at the nutrients and individual ingredients and not at the food as a
whole. For example, in their method they make no difference between healthy and
less healthy foods. So, for example, they keep vegetables and biscuits on the
same yardstick. As a result, foodstuffs in almost all product groups can
achieve a good score.
Generically a product can get positive
points based on it Energy, Sugars, Saturated Fatty Acids and Sodium. From this
fruits, fibers and proteins are subtracted to get scores between -15 (best) to
+40 (worst). The details on how to score vary per item and suggest to that
keeping the first part as low as possible and the second part as high as
possible the best results may be achieved: reducing energy by less saturated
fats and reducing sugars by increasing fibers and/ or proteins can shift
already a product from an C or B category to an A one.
some diet sodas, white rice, pizza, dairy drinks with added sugar, or salted
nuts may receive a green A or B, even though they aren’t seen as part of a
daily healthy diet. And foods such as vegetable oils and lowfat cheese, which are
considered as part of healthy diet, are given a C or D because these products
provide a lot of energy. That is why it has a tendency to create confusion:
Consuming only foods with A or B could lead to lack of certain micronutrients.
Intended use starts with product group or product category comparisions:
compare biscuits with biscuits and pizzas with pizzas, etc.
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