Hi, guys! I’m so happy to have the opportunity to guest post on Danica’s blog while she is away celebrating her anniversary. (I’m so jealous!)
In addition to blogging at Carrots ‘N Cake, I work for NuVal, a nutritional rating company that rates foods on a scale of 1 – 100, based on how nutritious they are for you. My role at NuVal involves social media and blogger outreach, so working with one of my favorite bloggers was a great option for me to help spread the word about NuVal.
If you regularly read Carrots ‘N’ Cake, you know that I am not shy about my love for desserts, especially when it comes to cookies! In fact, I practice (and encourage others) to participate in Cookie Friday once a week.
From a NuVal standpoint, cookies receive a median score (half score above it, half score below it) of a 3. Eek! But, before you swear off cookies forever, let me explain the NuVal ranges.
Basically, you can’t get 100 in every food category. Here’s the deal: many fruits and vegetables score in the 90 – 100 range, but you also need to eat protein, healthy fats, whole grains– and, of course, a few treats, like cookies. But, you’re not going to find a cookie that scores a 100– and if you did, you probably wouldn’t want to eat it! So, when you’re talking about cookies, the scores range from 1 – 40 and the median score for cookies is a 3.
With that said, let’s get back to the cookies. There are a couple of superstars in the Cookie category. Most notable are Kashi’s TLC Oatmeal Cookies, which get a NuVal score of 40– the best Cookie score we’ve seen to date. Kashi’s TLC Oatmeal with Chocolate cookies (mmm… chocolate!) score a 24, which is still a great score when it comes to cookies. However, what surprised me most about the Cookie category is that the organic Cinnamon Graham Sticks (Back to Nature) that I recently purchased only scored a 15 on the NuVal scale. I guess not everything in the organic/healthy section of my grocery store is necessarily better for me!
If you want to see some more of the scores for cookies, check out NuVal’s newly designed website. You can also play the Nutrition By The Numbers game, which is actually pretty tough!
If you have any questions or would like to spread the word about NuVal, please don’t hestiate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.