While I can’t endorse the NuVal system developed and promoted by Dr. Kratz, completely, 100%, I must admit that it is by far the best system to date for bringing nutritional advice and rating to the foods on the grocery shelves. Dr. Kratz readily admits that the system is not perfect, this is a credit to the founder and the system as it does not pretend to be something it is not.
While the system claims to be based on science and the best nutritional information and measures, there is still a lot that is not considered by the system that from a Holistic Health standpoint makes the system flawed. That being said, it is a far cry better than anything the food industry and the government agencies have delivered to the public.
“Developed by a team of leading nutrition, public health, and medical experts, the ONQI algorithm uses the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs – quantitative reference values for recommended intakes of nutrients) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (advice from the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases) to quantify the presence of more than 30 nutrients – including vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants; sugar, salt, trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. The system also incorporates measures for the quality of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, as well as calories and omega-3 fats. The NuVal System also takes into account how these nutrients influence health based on broadly accepted, published scientific literature.” Read more here.
While the system appears to do a good job of rating the existing food products based on the accepted, but as some may point out, flawed nutritional information, there are some things that are missing or not considered in the systems rating. Strikingly Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Genetically Engineered (GE) foods are missing from the equation and concerns. We know that well over 90% of processed foods in the USA contain GMO ingredients, over 70% in Canada we also know that many foods grown today are GE plants and some fish and meat is now becoming genetically engineered.
Organic food is treated equally as non organic where for example green beans are scored at 100, organic or not, with no consideration for the pesticides and insecticides that are on them. Meat and meat products are not differentiated by free range and pastures fed meats free of hormone and antibiotics, and meat and products that originate from factory farms with use of hormones and antibiotics. There is much more to nutrition and food health than what this system measures and reports on, so it is important that you be vigilant and aware of what you are actually consuming.
For the foods you probably buy
While I have stated that this system is not complete, I would agree with Dr. Kratz that this is a “scoring system that allows you to see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food you buy”, or is most readily and commonly available for you to buy at your local grocery or food store. For the food that most of you probably buy and that is available at your local grocer, this system is, in my opinion, the best available. The important thing to remember is that this system ranks existing common food and will assist you in choosing the healthiest foods from those on your grocers shelves. After analysis of this system and the information from the founder, regardless of the science behind it, to me, in its simplest form, this system is basically saying, the more processed the food is the more un-healthy it is for you.