Hy-Vee at Midday: New with NuVal

By Alicia Aguiar, Hy-Vee Dietitian

One of the latest hot topics in nutrition is the potential revisions to the FDA's Nutrition Facts food label. The goal is to help consumers make the best choices for health. In addition to the food label, Hy-Vee offers the NuVal™ nutrition scoring system for our products. Join Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Alicia Aguiar, as she discusses how the NuVal™ scores are changing over the coming months to provide the most accurate information to customers.

Little changes add up to better nutrition when you use Hy-Vee's NuVal™ nutrition scores. This one-number guide makes it easy to quickly find the best choices in a food category. Foods earn scores ranging from 1 to 100. The higher the number, the better the food's nutritional value. Different factors impact the NuVal™ score, with some nutrients increasing the score and others decreasing. These scores are based on the latest pertinent scientific studies and include factors such as the amount of processing and ingredients added to the foods as a whole.

Changes in the NuVal™ scores:

• Canned green beans without salt – Score = 100 (remains the same)
• Canned green beans with salt – Score increases from a 53 to an 84
• Apples – Score = Score increase from 96 to 100, as a very small amount of fat in the skin of the apple is no longer factored
• Oatmeal – Score increases from 55 to 93, as this is a pure grain so the small amount of fat in the grain is no longer factored.
• Eggs – Score increases from 33 to 56, as this is a high quality protein
Trade up to make a nutritional difference. Look for the NuVal score on the price tag of the food you usually buy. Then, look for a similar product with a higher score. Even a few points higher improves the nutritional quality of the food you're taking home.

Here is a tangy and spicy green bean recipe – perfect for any occasion and comprised of high NuVal™ scoring ingredients.

Spicy Green Beans
All you need:
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Hy-Vee whole green beans, drained
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
All you do:
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add green beans. Cook 1-2 minutes until heated through and lightly browned. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and freshly ground black pepper.
Nutrition Information: (7 ½-cup servings) Calories 32, protein 1 gram, fat 3 grams, 290 mg sodium, carbohydrates 4 grams

Alicia Aguiar represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert working throughout the community to promote healthy eating and nutrition. Alicia is a Registered Dietitian and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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