Our Algorithm Has Changed!


We’ve updated our approach to factoring dietary cholesterol into our ratings system in response to evolving scientific evidence and changes reflected in the latest 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Guiding Stars’ patented nutrition rating algorithm no longer imposes debits on foods that contain dietary cholesterol. Under the new algorithm, only foods with the very highest amounts of dietary cholesterol, 300 mg or more per 100 calories, will not earn stars.


What does this change mean in the home kitchen?

Because our algorithm only debits foods with the highest amounts of dietary cholesterol, recipes including popular foods like eggs and shrimp will either earn more stars, or earn stars for the first time. We’ve put together a few recipes that are only earning stars under the new algorithm to give you a taste of what we’ll be adding to our recipe database over the next few months.

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Quick Veggie Stir-Fry Bowl

1 Guiding StarTopping a stir-fry with a fried egg is a great way to make it more filling. Breaking an over-easy yolk over the vegetables and rice will deliver on flavor and texture. (1 Guiding Star)

Whole Wheat Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples

1 Guiding StarDutch baby pancakes might become your new favorite weekend breakfast splurge…especially piled high with caramelized cinnamon apples. (1 Guiding Stars)

Mushroom Egg Cups

1 Guiding StarEgg replacements have their uses, but when it comes to soft and creamy brunch decadence, nothing beats whole eggs…especially combined with scrumptious mushrooms and thyme. (1 Guiding Star)

Teriyaki Turkey Stir-Fry

1 Guiding StarA quick-and-easy weeknight dinner that you’ll look forward to repeating is worth its weight in ground turkey. Speedy tip: Use frozen broccoli florets for a dump-and-go approach to this recipe. (1 Guiding Star)

Southern Cornbread

1 Guiding StarTraditional southern cornbread uses no sugar, which we love. The full butter may seem like a splurge, but at 1 star, you can have a sensible portion of the good stuff. (1 Guiding Star)


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