The Nutri-Score is a voluntary food label intended to help consumers make healthier choices when buying groceries. It is calculated on the basis of the nutritional values per 100 g of the product at the time it is sold to consumers.
Using a scale from A (green) to E (red), the Nutri-Score shows how balanced the composition of a foodstuff is. This allows similar foods in a category to be compared at a glance.
The Nutri-Score is science-based and was developed by independent researchers. The calculation takes account of both positive and negative ingredients, according to which the product is assigned a rating on the scale of A (= balanced) to E (= not balanced).
The positive aspects include the amount of fruit, vegetables, pulses, nuts, certain oils (rapeseed, walnut and olive oil), dietary fibre and protein.
High levels of sugar, salt, saturated fatty acids and energy have a negative effect on the calculation.
Unprocessed products such as fruit and vegetables, raw meat and honey are not labelled with a Nutri-Score.
The Nutri-Score is used to compare similar foods within a product category. This means that it shows which of a range of ready meals has the more beneficial composition. It is not possible to compare products in different categories, such as yoghurt and bread.
However, a diet made up of only products in the green zone is not necessarily balanced. The Nutri-Score is intended to supplement the recommendations of the Swiss food pyramid, according to which all levels should be included in suitable quantities in a balanced diet.
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