Rating Frozen Foods products
GoodGuide's Health ratings for food products are based on four attributes:
- The nutritional value of the food, as characterized by a standard method of nutrient assessment called the “Ratio of Recommended to Restricted Nutrients” (RRR);
- Indicators of whether levels of specific nutrients exceed public health guidelines;
- The presence of potentially hazardous food additives; and
- Indicators of various production practices that affect the quality of a food product.
The Ratio of Recommended to Restricted Nutrients (RRR) calculates the ratio of “good” to “bad” nutrients, essentially providing an overall picture of a food's nutrition profile. For most types of food, the list of recommended nutrients includes protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber and the list of restricted nutrients includes calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium. For fresh fruits and vegetables, the recommended nutrients include fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron and the restricted nutrients include calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.