Half of all Americans (and 62% of those ages 18-34) would buy healthier snacks if those snacks or drinks were identified as healthier by a credible health and nutrition group, according to a May 2017 NACS consumer survey.
NACS and PHA have created a web-based nutrition resource that could help convenience stores identify products as being healthier options and assist them in defining their better-for-you sets. This healthier product calculator allows retailers, manufacturers and distributors to easily identify packaged foods and beverages that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria.
Click here to launch the Healthier Product Calculator. Simply answer a few brief questions about the nutritional content of the product to see if a product meets the criteria.
PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria are based on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and national expert recommendations. As the science evolves, PHA may update the calculator to align with new evidenced-based guidance. Our current criteria consider both the product’s nutrient quality (including factors such as saturated fat and sodium content) and the product’s primary ingredients (such as whole grains or fruits and vegetables, for example).
For additional help in navigating the calculator, download this FAQ document (PDF) for guidance on how to read a product’s Nutrition Facts Label and to see how the various food group categories in the calculator are defined.
If you have additional questions or contact PHAcalculator@ahealthieramerica.org.
Please note that the product name and any information inputted into the calculator will not be publicly available nor will there be any external communication of items either meeting or not meeting the criteria. The goal of this calculator is to allow users to have more confidence as they consider which healthier products to stock, sell, market or merchandise.