The main difficulty I face when shopping for healthy foods is the general trickiness of the food industry. I always used to think raisin bran, for instance, was a good thing. What could go wrong? Raisins are good. Bran is good. Not frosted. Good cereal to buy.
Not so. Turns out the sneaky bastards coat the raisins with sugar, instead of the flakes. Don’t know why. Raisins are naturally sweet, but that’s General Mills.
I never would have found this out had it not been for an episode of Entourage which caused me to research what went into raisin bran.
Turns out that if the food industry takes most of the fat out of someting, they tend to add more salt, or some other deleterious substance to compensate.
Hence the need for some sort of system to intelligently and quickly evaluate food in the supermarket. (One does not have all day to figure this stuff out.)
NU-VAL is a system that attempts to do that. It does not make judgements about types of food. It evaluates all foods, even red meats and dairy products, and compares them within their own categories.
The upshot of this is that, if one is shopping for ice cream, and wants to know, not if ice cream is good for you, but which ice cream is least harmful, you get that information in a numerical rating (1-100).
I really like this idea. Go to their website and check it out.