This scoring system is owned by Griffin Hospital in partnership with Topco LLC (website here), is overseen by the Scientific Advisory Board. The people who created this algorithm are David L. Katz, MD, MPH, ONQI Chair (see here, here); Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD; Leonard Epstein, MD (Inventor of the Traffic Light Diet); David Jenkins, MD, PhD (inventor of the glycemic index); Francine Kaufman, MD; Robert Kushner, MD; Ronald Prior, PhD; Rebecca Reeves, PhD, RD; Barbara Rolls, PhD (Author of Volumetrics); Sachiko St. Jeor, PhD, RD; and Walter Willett, MD, DrPH (mentioned here, here, here, and here).
I have a problem with any system for scoring foods in order to prevent disease (which is what this system supposedly does). This system is basically a reworking of the stoplight scoring system for foods, just taking it a few steps further (not necessarily an improvement). I do think that doctors need to be better educated about nutrition and food, and how bodies process food. But this scoring system isn't going to do that. It assumes that each food will have the same effect, to the same degree, on each and every person who eats that food, which is very much not the case. It doesn't take into account how carbs affect people with diabetes (and not everyone who has diabetes is affected in the same way by each and every food that has carbs), or how any other food-related disease is affected by certain foods (and that not every patient will react in exactly the same way to certain foods). They are trying to make this a one-size-fits-all equation, and our bodies just don't allow that, there are too many variables that cannot be controlled for, or even known about, to be taken into consideration.
From the NuValT website -
Price Chopper: Based in Schenectady, NY, the Price Chopper grocery chain has rolled out NuVal™ Scores in all of its 116 stores throughout New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
Hy-Vee: West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee is now featuring NuVal™ Scores in its 225-plus retail stores across seven Midwestern states.
And there are many more chains, stores, and categories to come as we aggressively rollout in stores across the U.S. throughout 2009 and 2010.
I'm thinking that this is just another way to push a "lifestyle change" (WL diet) on fat people, and will be used by doctors/insurance companies to rate how we eat and score us accordingly in order to decide if we deserve insurance coverage or treatment (add this to the electronic medical records bullshit they're trying to push and I would say we are well and truly fucked).
I also have a big problem with these people thinking that changing the way we eat or what we eat is going to prevent disease. If you have risk factors (genetics, anyone?) for a disease, that doesn't necessarily mean you will get that disease. Nor does changing how you eat mean you won't get that disease. I don't think anyone has been able to prove that what you eat will prevent heart attacks, strokes, or cancer, not to mention any of the many other diseases to which humans fall prey.
So, check out the website and the science, and see what y'all think.