“When United Supermarkets became the first supermarket in Texas to roll out the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, we knew we were onto something good,” said corporate dietitian Tyra M. Carter, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health confirmed it.

Published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the study revealed men and women who consumed a diet with high-scoring foods on the NuVal system lived longer and lowered their risk for chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

“Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are two of the leading causes of death in the United States,” said Carter, who provides an in-store video guide of the NuVal system for shoppers. “NuVal is a simple way to comparatively shop the nutritional value of products and be proactive in making healthier choices to prevent health problems later in life. The more high-scoring foods there are in a person’s overall diet, the less chance the person will have of developing those diseases.”

Created by an independent panel of nutrition and medical experts from universities and health organizations, NuVal is an easy-to-follow system that scores food and beverages based on nutritional value from 1 to 100; the higher the score, the higher the food’s overall nutrition.

Shoppers can find the NuVal scores on shelf price tags in all 51 United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United locations in 30 markets across north and west Texas. There are also bilingual brochures and signage throughout the stores to help shoppers make purchases that are more nutritious. Guests can view the informational video on YouTube to learn more, or schedule an in-store tour with one of United’s registered dietitians.