The Nutri-score is useless, but France will modify its calculation algorithm.
Supposed to help the consumer to eat better, the Nutri-score quickly became a marketing gimmick almost like the others, melted into ultra-colorful packaging and to which no one pays attention anymore. It must be said that in the grades game, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the good students from the bad ones. Organic or minimally processed products can be rated D, while some cakes stuffed with sugar and additives end up with B or C scores, necessarily more engaging.
The Nutri-score will change
To fix this problem, the Nutri-score will go through the diet box. In France, but also in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, the algorithm will be modified to better reflect the “healthy food choices“. Voted on July 26, the text detailed in a press release from the Ministry of Health and Prevention will notably make several corrections to fatty products, such as oils, nuts, seeds or even meat products.
Concretely, the Nutri-score should review its copy, and take more interest in thenutrient density” than to the composition pure of a product. This obviously shouldn’t change the ratings at all. Unfortunately, there is little chance that a sausage with hazelnuts will manage to get an A score.
On the other hand, foods will now also be evaluated according to their fiber content, as well as in relation to their total nutritional intake. Products based on whole grains should therefore logically outperform those based on refined flours. In the same spirit, vegetable oils will be rated higher than animal fats. Good and bad fats will also be distinguished. Thus, red or processed meats will receive a lower score than fish or poultry. Concerning sweets and other confectionery, they will be penalized for combining both a high sugar level, but also a low nutritional interest, and their cariogenic factor.
So many changes that should not revolutionize our diet, but which could convince some consumers to eat better. Remember that in addition to the traditional five fruits and vegetables a day, it is advisable to stay hydrated, to practice physical activity and to favor unprocessed foods, or foods from local and responsible channels.