Data

Year of publication

2020

Type

Quantitative

Design

Longitudinal

Classification

NOVA, other

Country studied

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Serbia, Sudan, the USA and Zimbabwe.

Data

Secondary

Data Collected

Database

Study setting

Retail

Age group of participant

N/A

Participant sex

N/A

Target population

General

Sample size

n=4451 (food products)

Evaluating nutrient-based indices against food-and diet-based indices to assess the health potential of foods: How does the Australian health star rating system perform after five years?/Nutrients

Goal

Evaluate the nutrient profile-informed Austrailian Health Star Rating (HSR), against NOVA and an index informed by the Austrailian Dietary Guidelines (ADGs), to determine the extent of alignment.

Results

The median HSR of non-UP foods (4) was significantly higher than UP foods (3.5) (p < 0.01), and the median HSR of FFG foods (4) was significantly higher than discretionary foods (2.5) (p < 0.01). However, 73% of UP foods, and 52.8% of discretionary foods displayed an HSR ≥ 2.5. Results indicate the currently implemented HSR system is inadvertently providing a ‘health halo’ for almost ¾ of UP foods and ½ of discretionary foods displaying an HSR.

Authors

Dickie S, Woods JL, Baker P, Elizabeth L, Lawrence MA.

Journal

DOI