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Nutri-Score is a front-of-pack labeling system that provides a simple, easy-to-understand nutritional quality score for food products. It rates the overall nutritional value or quality of food on a color-coded scale from A to E, with A being the best and E being the worst. The Nutri-Score, also known as the 5-Color Nutrition label or 5-CNL, aims to help consumers make healthier food choices by offering clear and concise information about the nutritional content of packaged foods.

Nutri-Score A
Nutri-Score E

Rating[edit | edit source]

The Nutri-Score assigns products a rating letter from A (best) to E (worst), with associated colors from green to red. The scale is designed to be simple and intuitive, allowing consumers to quickly compare the nutritional quality of different food products and choose healthier options.

Factors[edit | edit source]

The Nutri-Score system takes into account both negative and positive factors when calculating the nutritional quality of a food product:

Negative factors

  • High energy density per 100 g or per 100 ml
  • High sugar content
  • High content of saturated fatty acids
  • High salt content

Positive factors

  • Content of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes
  • Fiber content
  • Protein content
  • Content of rapeseed, walnut, and olive oil

These factors are combined to calculate the overall Nutri-Score for a food product. Foods with more positive factors and fewer negative factors will have a higher Nutri-Score, indicating better nutritional quality.

Development and Adoption[edit | edit source]

The Nutri-Score system was developed in France and has since been adopted by several European countries, including Belgium, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands. The system is based on scientific research and was developed through a collaborative process involving nutrition experts, consumer organizations, and food industry representatives.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

The Nutri-Score system aims to help consumers make healthier food choices by providing clear and concise information about the nutritional content of packaged foods. Research has shown that the Nutri-Score system is effective in helping consumers identify healthier food options and can contribute to improving public health by encouraging the consumption of more nutritious foods.

External links[edit | edit source]


Development of a new front-of-pack nutrition label in France: the five-colour Nutri-Score, article in the WHO's Public Health Panorama (vol. 3, issue 4) which describes the Nutri-Score in detail.

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