I have a hard time understanding the food grades. A lot of them are not accurate. For instance I use the Organic Trader Joe's Peanut Butter with No Sugar added which has a D+ and yet a peanut putter with more salt, saturated fat, sugar, has a B- grade? I have seen a lot of other ones that seem to not make sense like this.
The food grades are there to indicate how big a part of your diet the food should form. Whether a B- or a D+ food, you're only going to use either of them sparingly. As long as you're getting lots of 'A grade' vegetables & your average for the day is good, the individual scores aren't so important.
I see. That maks sense being it is peanut butter and of course it is used sparingly. Thanks for the explanation.
My suspicion is that the generic peanut butter listing includes all vitamins/minerals whereas one entered off a store label will only list Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and iron. If the peanut butter contains other vitamins/minerals than these four, it'll make it look like the generic kind is healthier when it really just has a more complete entry in the database.
Thanks that clears it up even further.
Yes I agree. I use fat free milk and it is c! Something like that should be an A right?
There is an argument that fat free milk is less healthy then whole milk because without the fat the milk can not carry fat soluble nutrients. Thus skim milk is not nearly as healthy. Also I heard that skim milk is made with powered milk, which has me a bit worried, but I haven't confirmed that yet.
Fat can be a good thing, in moderation.
While you can buy skim milk powder, most skim milk is not made from powdered milk. It's just regular milk with the fat skimmed off the top. (Hence the name.)
And, while the fat in whole milk helps the nutrients be absorbed, it's not necessary for them to be there. My skim milk has both Vitamins A and D in it. If I have it with a muffin (or similar), the fat in the muffin still allows me to absorb those nutrients. (My body has issues with fat from cows, so I get most of my fat from vegetable sources.)