Deciding nutritional quality in just a single number?

April 9, 2013

Front-of-package labels have become a common feature in grocery store aisles since the American Heart Association developed its “heart guide” program twenty-six years ago.

These are the little logos on food packages meant to inform consumers about certain nutritional benefits a food might have; whether a certain product is a good source of iron or contains whole grains. Now a more recent addition to the food labeling family attempts to sum up a product’s overall nutritional quality in just a single number.

More details about how the system works here.