2/18/14

Trade Up Tuesday: Heart Healthy Pineapple


Today for Trade Up Tuesday we look at a simple trade up on the canned fruit aisle that also get a bonus "Heart Healthy" Health Tag.

If you are one of our loyal shoppers you may have noticed that our price tags have started to look different. One of the perks of our new price tag is that it now contains certain health tags if a product meets certain criteria. One of our favorites, especially for Heart Health Month, is the new "Heart Healthy" Health Tag (see it above on the Del Monte 100% Juice Pineapple Chunks - on the right).

What makes a product Heart Healthy?
Items that receive the "Heart Healthy" Health Tag are low fat, low in saturated fat, low cholesterol, and limit sodium to 480mg as well as pass through nutrient filters prior to qualifying for the health tag.

Why are the Pineapple Chunks in its own juice a better choice?
When we take a look at the nutrition (see below) we can see that the pineapple in it's own juice has a slightly better nutrition facts panel than those in heavy syrup. The pineapple in it's own juice contains less calories and less carbohydrates (because there is less added sugar). Note: a serving of plain pineapple (fresh, frozen or canned) contains 15 grams of naturally occurring sugar (fructose).

Is there an easier way to choose a better product than reading all the nutrition labels?
YES! We at Market Street want to help you Build a Better Basket by making healthy shopping easy. See those numbers below each can of pineapple? Those are called NuVal scores. They are basically a summary of all the nutrition and ingredients listed on a product. Think of it like a credit score. It's basically one number summarizing both the good and bad. The higher the score the better the nutrition. These numbers are right on the price tag. You can also see that the product with the higher NuVal score also received the "Heart Healthy" Health Tag.

Look for the NuVal scores and our Health Tags in all of our stores and you're sure to Build a Better Basket. 

Del Monte Pineapple Slices in Heavy Syrup
Ingredients: Pineapple, clarified pineapple juice, sugar
Serving size: 2 slices (117g)
Calories: 90
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 10mg
Total Carbohydrate: 23g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 21g
Protein: 0g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 20%
Calcium: 0%
Iron: 2%

Del Monte 100% Juice Pineapple Chunks
Ingredients: Pineapple, pineapple juice
Serving size: 1/2 cup (122g)
Calories: 70
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 10mg
Total Carbohydrate: 17g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 15g
Protein: 0g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 20%
Calcium: 0%
Iron: 2%

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