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32 Healthy Store-Bought Snacks

When food shopping, picking the healthiest groceries can be tough. Say one bag of potato chips is "baked" while another is "kettle-cooked." Which is the better choice? (Turns out kettle-cooked is more nutritious.) A new system, being used in more than 750 supermarkets across the country, can help you figure that out. NuVal ranks every product in the store from 1 to 100 (100 being the healthiest) by evaluating more than 25 nutrients and other related factors. So we sorted through scores of popular snacks, from chips to cheese, to pull out the best.

By Jane Bianchi and Kathleen Corlett

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Created by David Katz, MD, chair of Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and 12 leading nutrition experts, NuVal has been praised by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

The factors that determine a NuVal score:

"Good" stuff
Fiber
Folate
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin B12
Vitamin B6
Potassium
Calcium
Zinc
Omega-3 fatty acids
Total bioflavonoids
Total carotenoids
Magnesium
Iron

"Bad" stuff
Saturated fat
Trans fat
Sodium
Sugar
Cholesterol
Extra stuff
Protein quality
Fat quality
Glycemic load
Energy density

Artificial sweeteners, like Splenda, Sweet'N Low, or Equal, are not factored into the NuVal score.

Want your grocery store to use NuVal? Print a brochure at nuval.com and bring it to your supermarket's manager.

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