New Balance App Feature: How Nutritious Are Your Foods? Find Out With the Nutrition Rating

Nutrition rating feature

The Nutrition Rating is here to educate you while helping you make better choices for each meal. Try it out and see how much you can learn simply by checking the Nutrition Rating of your favorite foods!

What is the Nutrition Rating?

The Nutrition Rating provides you with an easy-to-understand color code that shows the quality of your foods. This helps you form new, positive eating habits.

It marks foods with one of the three color-coded labels based on their quality:

  • Recommended (green) – Suitable for daily consumption
  • Okay (yellow) – Suitable for occasional consumption
  • Discouraged (red) – Suitable for minimal consumption

It is based on a machine learning model that includes reviews of more than 10,000 different foods, checked independently by dietitians.

Keep in mind:

The Nutrition Rating is based on a single serving size and does not take into account your special dietary needs (allergies, preferences, nutrition plan…). This tool gives you an idea of the nutrient quality of the foods you choose, regardless of your individual plan (e.g. choosing a Keto diet plan won’t change the rating). For a balanced diet adjust the amounts of food you eat according to your caloric expenditure.

Here’s what it looks like in the app:

Nutrition Rating screenshot

When you search the food database in the Balance app, you will see the rating for different food alternatives related to your search. By clicking on a specific food you can see more details about the rating.

What criteria are used for the Nutrition Rating?

When you click on a specific food, you see a list of the nutrients the food is high in. The list considers the following nutrients:

  • Nutrients you should eat often: protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals (per 100 cal)
  • Nutrients you should not eat too much of: saturated fat, sugar and sodium (per 100 g)

What does “high in” mean?

The Nutrition Rating marks all foods with an above-threshold amount of listed nutrients.

Here are some examples. If the food has…

  • …more than 5 g of protein per 100 cal it is “high in protein” and you will see protein listed under the Nutrition Rating label
  • …more than 22.5 g of sugar per 100 g it is “high in sugar” and you will see sugar listed under the Nutrition Rating label
  • …more than 5 g of saturated fat per 100 g it is “high in saturated fat” and you will see saturated fat listed under the Nutrition Rating label
  • …more than 3 g of fiber per 100 cal it is “high in fiber” and you will see fiber listed under the Nutrition Rating label

The nutrients are marked with colored dots according to their quality:

Nutrition rating food detalis

The Nutrition Rating also considers:

Whether the food is processed or not, which cooking method is used (frying, sautéing, grilling, boiling, baking…) and how the food compares to other foods in the same group (e.g. vegetables are not compared to meat).

What if the food is rated, but there is no additional information?

If the food is not high in the amount of the above-listed nutrients, it can still be rated based on the other information such as the cooking method. The Nutrition Rating color codes are missing only for foods where there was not enough data available.

Example of Nutrition Rating in action

If you search for “potato,” the Nutrition Rating will show the following:

  • Potato is considered “okay” because it isn’t high in any of the above-listed nutrients such as protein or saturated fat
  • Sweet Potato is “recommended” because it is high in vitamin A and fiber
  • Fries of any type are “discouraged” based on the cooking method

Example potato

Start tracking your food with the Balance app today – improve your eating habits with the easy-to-understand information about the quality of food from the new Nutrition Rating!

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