June 14, 2012

Tuesday afternoon I went with some co-workers on a tour of the local Hy-Vee supermarket. It was part of a program sponsored by our department’s healthy committee, a follow-up to a session about using the Nu-Val scores diplayed on many shelves at the store. Nancy, the Hy-Vee dietitian, asked us about our particular concerns regarding health and food, then guided us through certain aisles, pointing out foods that were particularly healthy and convenient.

I didn’t see much that was new to me. After all, I’ve spent a good deal of time on my own checking Nu-Val scores, comparing ingredients lists, and looking for healthy foods I have trouble finding at other local stores. (I go to Hy-Vee for my tahini, chia seeds, and blackstrap molasses.) The PB2 looked somewhat interesting, but I wasn’t ready to spend over $4 for a jar to try it.

What really surprised me, though, was when we were walking down the breakfast cereal aisle, with coffee and tea on the shelves opposite the cereal. Nancy gestured at the array of tea in many different flavors. She talked about the health benefits of drinking any kind of tea – black, green, or white, hot or iced. But, she pointed out, the herbal teas next to them “have no nutritional value.”

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