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Although NuVal Scores allow you to compare different items between one department to the next, such as an apple to apple flavored yogurt, your best bet is to use Scores when comparing products within the same category-such as apple and vanilla flavored yogurts.

Additionally, it's helpful to know how NuVal Scores stack up from one category to the next. For example, did you know the average NuVal Score for cold cereal is a 27? Armed with this knowledge, you'll know how your cereal with a NuVal Score of 34 compares with other cereals.

Find out the NuVal range and average of your favorite foods below As of January 2014:

GroceryMin. ScoreMax. ScoreAverage
Bagels, English Muffins38424
Baking Mixes1965
Baking Products (Other)11008
Beans (Canned & Packaged)2410062
Beverages (Carbonated)1335
Beverages (Other)18513
Bread, Rolls, Buns19930
Breadcrumbs, Batters18911
Broth, Bouillon1294
Cakes, Pies, Cupcakes, Brownies1404
Cereal (Cold)19925
Cereal (Hot), Oatmeal510053
Creams, Creamers11007
Doughnuts, Pastries, Muffins1347
Dry Beans, Dry Vegetables310094
Dry Fruit Snacks1253
Energy Drinks1635
Flour, Meal, Grits110058
Frosting, Frosting Mixes171
Gravy, Sauce Mixes1539
Jams, Jellies, Honey1883
Juices, Drinks (Shelf Stable)18512
Ketchup, Mustard1875
Milk Flavorings, Cocoa1536
Nut & Seed Butters19336
Packaged Foods (Dry, Shelf Stable)19421
Pancake Mixes, Waffle Mixes24712
Pickles, Relish, Olives110010
Pizza, Pizza Products19419
Puddings, Gelatins1516
Rice, Grains69986
Rice Cakes, Popcorn Cakes18722
Salad Dressings18412
Salad Toppings18118
Salty Snacks19513
Sauces, Marinades (Other)110014
Shortening, Oil14519
Side Dishes110022
Snack Bars, Granola Bars18822
Snacks (Other)19419
Soup, Ramen110031
Spaghetti, Italian Sauce19945
Sports Drinks1618
Steak Sauces, Barbeque1845
Stuffing Mixes2377
Sugar, Sugar Substitutes151
Teas, Coffee1759
Toaster Pastries1245
Tomato Products410057
Weight Control andNutrition Liquids, Powders29158
DairyMin. ScoreMax. ScoreAverage
Appetizers, Snack Rolls(Refrigerated & Frozen)43820
Bagels, English Muffins38424
Bakery Items (Refrigerated & Frozen)1988
Breakfast Foods (Refrigerated & Frozen)110024
Butter, Margarine, Spreads, Blends1103
Cottage Cheese149129
Cream Cheese23513
Creams, Creamers11007
Dessert/Whipped Toppings1783
Dips, Spreads18525
Eggs, Egg Substitutes48656
Juices, Drinks (Refrigerated & Frozen)18821
Milk, Flavored Milk, Soy Milk,Buttermilk, Eggnog110070
Packaged Meals (Refrigerated & Frozen)19824
Sour Cream29925
Yogurt Products710035
FrozenMin. ScoreMax. ScoreAverage
Appetizers, Snack Rolls(Refrigerated & Frozen)43820
Bakery Items (Refrigerated & Frozen)1988
Breakfast Foods (Refrigerated & Frozen)110024
Dessert/Whipped Toppings1783
Frozen Novelties1849
Ice Cream, Sherbet,Frozen Yogurt1829
Ice Cream Cones,Ice Cream Mixes1245
Juices, Drinks (Refrigerated & Frozen)18821
Packaged Foods (Refrigerated & Frozen)19824
Pizza, Pizza Products19419
MeatMin. ScoreMax. ScoreAverage
Beef (Fresh)268442
Breakfast Meats33120
Dried Meat Snacks23613
Fish, Seafood (Fresh)389584
Game (Fresh)368459
Lamb (Fresh)278442
Meat (Refrigerated, Frozen, Canned, Lunch Meats)18420
Pork (Fresh)248545
Poultry (Fresh)358247
Poultry (Refrigerated, Frozen & Canned)28326
Protein Alternatives710061
Seafood (Refrigerated, Frozen & Canned)39449
Veal (Fresh)308455
ProduceMin. ScoreMax. ScoreAverage
Bagged Salads,Salad Kits (Refrigerated)910083
Dips, Spreads18525
Fresh Fruits, Vegetables2410098
Fruit (Fresh Packaged)410079
Fruit (Frozen, Canned & Dried)110036
Nuts, Seeds210050
Vegetables (Fresh Packaged)2410097
Vegetables (Frozen & Canned)210076