Food Score Hack for Eating Healthy

About Author Marko Visic, M.Pharm.(Master’s in Pharmacy) is a professional pharmacist with years of experience, and is very passionate about truly natural and healthy products.

I wouldn’t have to write this article but I’m just too excited about this new food score hack tool that I’ve started to use on a daily basis. So first here’s the problem pretty much all healthy eaters have.

‘We eat healthy,’ is a statement that I hear a lot of times from young families. I always take it as granted that families with young kids will go above and beyond to place the healthiest food on their tables and I believe that that is always the general intention. However, the other day I was at neighbor’s house – they have two young kids, 3 year old and a 7 year old. Chatting away with mom who always tells me ‘we eat healthy’ she raised a concern about how to know what healthy really is. She tells me that she tries to buy everything that is healthy and has a healthy mind of doing so but in many cases she can’t tell the difference between which cereals are better for the kids.

I have to admit I sometimes have the same difficulty. My neighbor is a real estate agents and she doesn’t really know what kind of ratio of nutrition is good for her and the kids, what potassium bromate is used for and what does it mean when something contains nitrates. Even as a pharmacist it is hard to take into account everything that is on the label when buying cereals for example. If I’m being honest, I usually primarily look at nutrition – high protein content, low simple sugars content and the fibers are a major plus. I’m sure many of us want to choose a really healthy breakfast cereals but the knowledge of nutrition, ingredients and processing factors involved is just too much for us to handle while in the store. I have to make a shopping list not to forget anything, imagine then trying to figure out all the nutrition and the chemicals they give in each of the 20 cereals choices for breakfast.

The reason I’m writing this is because I’ve by accident stumbled on the best tool out there for knowing which food is really healthy. And best of all – you don’t have to be a nutritionist to use it.

It is called EWG’s Food Scores tool. The tool gives you 3 scores for a specific food – nutrition concern, ingredient concern and processing concern. This is how all the complex nutrition ratios and weird ingredient names on the label are simplified in just the food scores ranging from 1 (best score) to 10 (worst score). The tool has a large database of more than 80,000 products and it is growing fast.

From the 3 scores the tool creates a single master score. The number sums up which food is healthiest. So with this in mind we wanted to test the tool at our GO NAYKED Marketplace. The foods here are chosen specifically for their health benefit and have a balanced nutritional value. Just checking the marketplace I suddenly fell in love with Bear Naked – Fit Granola 100% Pure & Natural Vanilla Almond Crunch cereals. I knew the cereals I was currently eating are delicious and pretty healthy with a score 6 (1 is the best score out of 10 ). I used the tool to evaluate how healthy Bear Naked’s cereals were – the score was 3.

My jaw just dropped. It’s pretty much a confirmation of how valuable GO NAYKED is to deliver us only the healthiest and most nutritious foods out there. We’ll use this tool in the future here and save you the work – we will at your convenience give you the scoop of which foods are the best and you can share how they taste with us. If this Vanilla Almond Crunch tastes as delicious as it sounds I’ll definitely use it to make my breakfast even healthier.

What I really like about the tool is that it was developed by people who went to the store every day thinking they are buying healthy food but had serious concerns if it really was healthy or not. I recommend checking out EWG’s video about the tool. I can guarantee you will at least be tempted to use it after 5 minutes and check out how healthy the food you’re buying really is.

To see products approves for your diet click here to visit our Marketplace.

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