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Adjustments Needed for the Use of Nutri-Score in the Netherlands: Lack of Selectivity and Conformity with Dutch Dietary Guidelines in Four Product Groups
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 2, March 2020, Pages: 33-42
Received: Feb. 28, 2020; Accepted: Mar. 17, 2020; Published: Apr. 13, 2020
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Charlotte van Tongeren, Department of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands; Schuttelaar & Partners, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Léon Jansen, Schuttelaar & Partners, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Objective: The study investigates the applicability of Nutri-Score in the Netherlands, by comparing Nutri-Score with Dutch Choices criteria and Dutch dietary guidelines in different product groups. Design: For products within the product groups Cheese, Ready meals, Soups and Meal sauces, nutritional data from three large national retailers was collected and the products’ corresponding Nutri-Scores were calculated. The distribution of the products among the different Nutri-Scores (A-E) per product group was calculated. To determine whether the healthiness of products correspond to a healthy score (A/B) and unhealthy products correspond to an unhealthy score (D/E), all product scores were compared to product group-specific criteria of the Dutch Choices Foundation. Furthermore, to identify whether there was a correlation between Nutri-Score and one or more nutrient(s), single and multiple regression analyses were performed. Finally, the Nutri-Score of products was compared with Dutch dietary guidelines. Data characteristics: 2299 products were included in this study, of which 1396 cheeses, 343 ready meals, 370 soups and 190 meal sauces. Results and conclusions: The current study shows that for the product groups Cheese, Ready meals, Soups and Meal sauces, there is an uneven distribution of the products among the different Nutri-Scores, Nutri-Scores of a great amount of products are not in line with Dutch Choices criteria and - dietary guidelines and there is no high correlation between Nutri-Score and health influencing nutrients in most product groups. Now that the Dutch Government has decided to implement Nutri-Score as the new FOP-label, it is advised to look into the possibilities to adapt the algorithm behind the score to a product group-specific algorithm based on Dutch guidelines.
Nutri-Score, Dutch Choices Criteria, Dietary Guidelines, Product Data Study
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Charlotte van Tongeren, Léon Jansen, Adjustments Needed for the Use of Nutri-Score in the Netherlands: Lack of Selectivity and Conformity with Dutch Dietary Guidelines in Four Product Groups, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 9, No. 2, 2020, pp. 33-42. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20200902.11
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