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Now Lunds and Byerly’s is making it easier with a nutrition scoring system they call NuVal.
“They took a very complex science and developed an algorithm,” said Janice Cox, a registered dietician.READ MORE: Ice Castles Returning To New Brighton This Winter
The higher the score on a food, the better the nutrition.
“Things that are going to drive a score up are vitamins, minerals, good quality protein, antioxidants,” Cox said. “Things that will bring a score down – sodium, fat, transfat, sugar and salt.”
The results are surprising, especially when the same brands can have totally different numbers.MORE NEWS: Sen. Tina Smith To Vote Against Policing Ballot Question, Saying It 'May Well Move Us In The Wrong Direction'
The bottom line for shoppers, always “trade up” to a more nutritious option. The program is available in all 22 Lunds and Byerly’s stores in the metro.