The Nutri-Score system is a nutrition labeling system that assigns a letter grade to foods based on their nutritional content. The score is displayed on food packaging using a color-coded system, with green being the most nutritious and red being the least nutritious. The score is based on the amount of certain nutrients, such as fat, sugar, and protein, in a product.
The system was developed by the French government and is now used in several countries around the world, including France, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, and Canada. In the United States, the FDA is currently considering adopting the Nutri-Score system as a way to help consumers make healthier choices about the food they eat.
The Nutri-Score system grades foods on a scale from A to E, with A being the most nutritious and E being the least nutritious.
The score is based on five factors:
- Energy density
- Saturated fat content
- Sodium content
- Sugar content
- Fiber content
Foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar and saturated fat receive a higher score while foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat, and low in fiber receive a lower score.
It is designed to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they eat and is hoped that it will help to improve dietary habits and reduce nutrition-related diseases. It is also used by food manufacturers and retailers to promote healthier products. Several countries, including France and Belgium, have mandatory nutrition labeling laws that require the use of the Nutri-Score system.
The Nutri-Score label can be a helpful tool for consumers who are trying to make healthier choices. The label can also help restaurants create healthy menus. Restaurant label makers can use the Nutri-Score system to create nutrition facts labels for their menus.
On the other hand, the system has been criticized by some for its simplified approach to nutrition and for its reliance on processed food data. However, it remains a popular tool for nutrition education and labeling.
The Nutri-Score system is a new way of looking at nutritional labels that take into account the overall nutritional value of the food. This system has been shown to be more accurate than other systems in predicting how healthy a food is. It is hoped that this system will be adopted by governments and manufacturers around the world.