How it works Guiding Stars simplifies healthy eating

Guiding Stars helps you easily choose foods and recipes with the most nutrition.

  • We read nutrition labels so you don't have to.

    Jar of pasta sauce
    sample nutriton facts panel showing plus icons for fiber and minerals, minus icon for sodium
  • carrot, apple, and avocado

    We analyze nutrition density looking for:

    plus icon More minus icon Less
    Vitamins Saturated Fat
    Minerals Trans Fat
    Fiber Added Sodium
    Whole Grains Added Sugar
    Omega-3s Artificial Colors
  • You choose foods that earn stars to improve your nutrition.

    three types of pasta
    • One Guiding Star

      = Good Nutrition

    • Two Guiding Stars

      = Better Nutrition

    • Three Guiding Stars

      = Best Nutrition

  • Interested in how we evaluate food? Learn more about the science behind Guiding Stars.

Where can I use Guiding Stars?

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In Stores

In participating stores, Guiding Stars can be found on shelf tags, on prepared foods, on store-brand packaging, and online. See Brands

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With Recipes

We have over 1,200 Guiding Star-earning recipes, which have been tested by our team to give you great nutrition and flavor. Find Recipes

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Online

Wondering how your favorite foods rate? You can use our Food Finder to look up the star-rating of over 100,000 foods. Search Foods

What about foods that don't have stars?

Foods that don't have any stars don't meet our nutritional criteria to earn at least 1 Guiding Star. Explore more Frequently Asked Questions »

What makes Guiding Stars credible?

sample nutrition facts panel showing minus icons for sodium and added sugars, plus icon for fiber
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Using patented algorithms designed by independent researchers, we analyze the balance of nutrients in a given food using data from nutrition labels, ingredient lists, and the USDA’s National Nutrient Database.

Get more info on the science behind Guiding Stars

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