At TOPS, we believe that making healthy food choices for you and
your family shouldn't be a hassle. You deserve to know the nutritional
value of what you're buying, when you're buying it (without having to
read fact panels and package labels). Introducing the NuVal™ Nutritional
The NuVal System is a widely recognized food scoring system that makes
it easy for you to quickly see the nutritional value of items with a single,
simple score from 1 to 100 so you can make well-informed choices. The higher
the NuVal Score, the better the nutrition.
Click here to download a NuVal™ brochure.
How It Works
NuVal Scores summarize comprehensive nutritional information in one simple number between 1 and 100.
Each NuVal Score takes into account more than just the nutritional fact panel. It considers 30-plus nutrients
and nutrition factors - the good (protein, calcium, vitamins) and the not-so-good (sugar, sodium, cholesterol).
Then it boils it down to a simple, easy-to-use number; a number you can trust to make better decisions about
nutrition in just a few seconds.
Click here to download a NuVal™ brochure.
Shop with NuVal™
With NuVal Scores in your TOPS store, comparison-shopping takes on a whole new meaning. The System's 1-100 scoring range makes
it easier than ever to shop for good nutrition. All you have to do is:
1. LOOK for the NuVal System's double-hexagon emblem and 1-100 food score on the shelf tags next to the price.
2. COMPARE overall nutrition the same way you compare price. No more scouring nutrition labels; with NuVal Scores, you
can see and compare foods' nutritional value in a single number at a single glance.
3. DECIDE quickly and easily between different food items. When you want to buy more nutritious foods, simply look for those
with higher NuVal Scores.
NuVal™ Frequently Asked Questions
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+ Q: What is NuVal?
A: The NuVal™ Nutritional Scoring System is a food scoring system that allows you to see - at a glance - the nutritional value of the food you buy. NuVal ranks all foods on a scale of 1 to 100; the higher the score, the more nutritious the food. NuVal is a tool you can easily use while shopping at TOPS to make more nutritious food choices.
Using NuVal, you will find good nutrition and good value in places you may never have thought.
+ Q: Why is TOPS posting NuVal scores for foods?
A: NuVal provides nutritional guidance that you, our customers, have asked for. While customers appreciate the variety and
selection TOPS provides, our research has shown there's a growing demand for a simple, easy way to find the most nutritious foods
on our shelves. NuVal offers nutritional transparency, is backed by solid science, and was created independent of food manufacturers,
meaning it's a system you can trust. Recently, NuVal won the endorsement of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), whose
mission is to promote health and curb disease.
Scores are placed throughout TOPS stores so you can decide what your optimal NuVal score should be in each food category.
We see the NuVal system as an opportunity to do something good for public health in light of the growing rates of lifestyle-related
diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. While these trends are disturbing, the good news is that they are reversible,
and NuVal at TOPS can help.
+ Q: Who developed the NuVal system?
A:NuVal is a science-based food nutrition system that was created independent of TOPS or any food manufacturer. A team
of recognized nutrition and medical experts from leading universities and health organizations drove the development of the Overall
Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI™) algorithm, which generates NuVal scores.
Funded by Griffin Hospital, a non-profit community hospital and teaching affiliate of the Yale University School of Medicine,
located in Derby, CT, and home to the Yale -Griffin Prevention Research Center, this team- led by Dr. David Katz- worked for two
years to develop the ONQI™ algorithm.
+ Q: What specific nutrients and factors go into a NuVal Score?
A: The following nutrients and nutrition factors are used in determining a food's NuVal Score
Nutrients considered to have generally favorable effects on health
Nutrients with generally unfavorable effects on health
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B6
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Total bioflavanoids
- Total carotenoids
- Saturated fat
- Trans fat
- Protein quality
- Fat quality
- Glycemic load
- Energy density
+ Q: Can NuVal be used for special diets (such as low sodium, low fat, etc.)?
A: NuVal does not reflect special diets, such as low fat or low sodium, and customers looking for specific nutrient levels will
still need to review the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP). However, a higher NuVal score generally reflects a lower quantity of negative
nutrients such as sodium and fat.
+ Q: Are NuVal scores adjusted for "positive" additives such as probiotics?
A: NuVal does not give consideration to non-nutrient food additives at this time, such as probiotics or plant sterols because these
items do not add or detract from the nutritional value. Of course, consumers may still benefit from these additives.
+ Q: Do NuVal Scores consider portion size?
A: No. Since the nutritional quality of a food does not vary with serving size, the NuVal System does not offer guidance for portion
size. You still need to choose portion sizes of foods appropriate for your daily needs. However, because it factors in properties that
influence satiety, foods that score well on the NuVal System can fill you up on fewer calories, and therefore may be a tool to help
consumers consciously manage their own portions.
+ Q: How many products in a TOPS will have a NuVal Score?
A: It is our goal at TOPS to have NuVal scores on as many items as possible. Most departments in select TOPS stores use NuVal scores,
such as produce, cookies, crackers, dairy, meats, seafood, cereal, soft drinks, and frozen foods, and we will soon have scores for items
in our Deli and Bakery departments.
The Science of NuVal™
The Science of NuVal™ The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) provides ongoing oversight of the NuVal™ System's
scoring engine, the ONQI™ algorithm and its applications. Comprised of recognized nutrition and medical experts,
many of whom played a key role in the initial development of the ONQI™ algorithm, the SAB is responsible for making
timely adjustments to the algorithm, scientific advancements and changes in food supply conditions. The SAB also
helps coordinate and oversee ongoing scientific testing of the ONQI™ algorithm and its influence on health outcomes.
Development - The Scientific Expert Panel (SEP):
- *Chair: Dr. David Katz, Yale University School of Medicine
- *Dr. Keith Ayoob, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- *Dr. Leonard Epstein, University of Buffalo; inventor, Traffic Light Diet
- *Dr. David Jenkins, University of Toronto; inventor, Glycemic Index
- Dr. Francine Kaufman, UCLA; Former President, American Diabetes Association
- Dr. Robert Kushner, Northwestern University
- Dr. Ronald Prior, Arkansas Children‚Äôs Nutrition Center, USDA HNRC
- *Dr. Rebecca Reeves, Past President, American Dietetic Association
- Dr. Barbara Rolls, Pennsylvania State University
- Dr. Sachiko St. Jeor, University of Nevada
- Dr. John Seffrin, President & CEO, American Cancer Society
- Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard University