United Supermarkets has made available the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System in all 50 of its stores. Last year, the company became the first supermarket chain in Texas to introduce the NuVal system, rolling it out in 14 specialty stores, including all 10 Market Street locations. Shoppers can now find the NuVal scores on shelf price tags in all locations of United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United.
The NuVal system enables United guests to make quick and easy nutritional comparisons between foods on supermarket aisles. Developed by an independent panel of nutrition and medical experts from universities and health organizations, the simple NuVal system rates all foods and beverages on a scale of one to 100 based on a variety of nutritional characteristics. Each product’s score is determined by the presence of more than 30 nutrition factors including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, cholesterol, sugar and sodium; the higher the NuVal score, the better the product’s nutrient value. Once an item’s NuVal score has been calculated, United includes it on shelf tags and other in-store signage in virtually every food department, helping families make easy, educated decisions about their food purchases to help improve overall nutrition.
Guests can use the NuVal scoring system at United, Market Street and Amigos grocery stores to compare nutritional value alongside price, brand and product type. For example, some varieties of frozen and canned vegetables score the same as fresh produce on the NuVal scale. Similarly, guests may find there’s room to trade-up to a healthier version of their family’s favorite snack with a higher NuVal score.
United will host educational Healthy New You Expos at its 10 Market Street stores Jan. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the events, trained Market Street staff will be on hand to explain the NuVal System, clear up myths about healthy eating and teach guests how to make food work for them for a nutritious new year