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New system rates foods' healthiness

October 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new food rating system created by researchers at Yale University may help consumers make healthier choices.It's called the Nuval Scoring System, and it assigns a healthiness score to various food items on a scale from 1 to 100.

The scale uses criteria like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy omega three fat content in the rating. Also, the system takes into account the sugar and cholesterol content of the food.

Experts hope the new system helps consumers cut through the marketing hype seen on some food packaging.