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New Food Compass Makes Some Nutritional Choices Easier

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Tufts' New Research University provides a food compass that ranks foods according to their nutritional value. Photo by Davizro /iStock / Getty Images

New research from Tufts University offers a 'food compass' Rank foods according to their nutritional value.

The higher the compass number, the healthier the food.

According to a report in People Magazine, experts from the Friedman School of Nutritional Sciences and Policy at Tufts rated foods across nine domains and used a proprietary algorithm to to score each food from 1 to 100.

Nearly 8,000 foods and beverages consumed by Americans were tested,and examined for 54 different characteristics that indicate health-related aspects of what they are consuming.

This is a highly detailed nutritional profiling system.

A score of 100 (healthiest) is reserved for things like fresh raw fruit. Vegetables had an average score of 69.1, while legumes, nuts and seeds had an average score of 78.6.

Seafood had an average score of 67, beef 24.9 and poultry 42.67.

Compass explores how food characteristics can positively or negatively impact health.

Foods with scores above 70 are recommended. Anything over 30 can be enjoyed moderately, and anything under 30 should be avoided in most cases. is.

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People reported that snacks and sweets had the lowest scores, but high-end ice cream dishes is worth more than a multigrain bagel with raisins, with

ice cream at 37, bagels at 19, and crackers at 7.

"Beyond eating vegetables and avoiding sodas, the public is fairly confused about how to identify healthier options in grocery stores, cafeterias, and restaurants. We do,” said Dariush Mozaffarian.Lead and corresponding author of this study, Dean of the Friedman School of Policy Studies.

"Consumers, policy makers and even industry are looking for simple tools to guide everyone towards healthier choices." 110}

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