Our Algorithm Has Changed!

On February 1st we updated our algorithm. Foods with DHA/EPA and omega-3 fatty acids will now receive credits. Foods with artificial colors and dyes will now lose a star. The % DV for vitamins, minerals and fiber has been updated to align with the FDA’s latest Dietary Reference Intakes.

Graphic illustrating the changes to the Guiding Stars algorithm

These are big changes that are making our program even stronger.  Integrity and relevancy are such important parts of the Guiding Stars program and these updates support these standards.  So what does this mean for some of your favorite foods and recipes?  The stars are just that much better at guiding you to foods with:

Credits Debits
Vitamins Saturated Fat
Minerals Trans Fat
Fiber Added Sodium
Whole Grains Added Sugar
Omega-3s Artificial Colors

Check out a summary of the changes in our fact sheet. If you want the full details, you can review our white paper that explains the algorithm in depth.

In the kitchen, this means some of our favorite recipes are now earning more stars!

Lemon Blueberry Flax Muffins

Three Guiding Stars iconThree Guiding Stars indicate the best nutritional value. The omega-3 fatty acids in flax is enough to promote these yummy muffins from 2 Guiding Stars to 3.

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Cashew Salmon with Apricot Couscous

Cashew Salmon With Apricot Couscous

Three Guiding Stars iconThree Guiding Stars indicate the best nutritional value. The DHA/EPA in the salmon and the omega-3 fatty acids in the cashews boost this delicious dinner from 1 Guiding Star to 3.

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Sweet Potato Noodles with Pesto

Two Guiding Stars iconTwo Guiding Stars indicate better nutritional value. The omega-3 fatty acids in the walnut boost this spiralized delight of a dinner from 1 Guiding Star to 2.

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