A good point for regional products. According to a survey conducted by the UFC Que Choisir (source 1), two thirds of regional products obtain a good mark with the Nutri-Score. The Consumers’ Union analyzed 588 products representing 310 foods typical of their regions transmitted by its local associations.
A necessary clarification because some manufacturers are working to try to discredit the Nutri-Score. “Their lobbyists, exploiting the sympathy capital from which European food heritage benefits, claim that its calculation would be wrong because it would systematically give bad marks to traditional products, citing in particular Roquefort, Parma ham, or even olive oil. “, details the UFC on its website.
And these results seem to prove them wrong. “Contrary to the speeches of lobbyists in the corridors of Brussels who highlight a few examples, we realize with a much larger sample that regional products are rather favored by the Nutri-Score”, welcomes Olivier Andrault, project manager Food within the consumer association. Indeed, these results show that these traditional products are spread over all Nutri-Score classes Contrary to popular belief.
34 meat references
In detail, 62% of the products analyzed display a Nutri-Score A, B and C. Most frequently, their consumption is even encouraged for their better nutritional quality. Precisely, 121 foods even obtained grades A and B. Among these foods, there are also 30 traditional dishes “which turn out to be very balanced, such as Flemish hochepot, Auvergne hotpot or the famous Castelnaudary cassoulet”, details the Consumers’ Union. There are also 34 meat and poultry references with Camargue AOP bull, Limousin veal reared by its Label Rouge mother, black Bigorre AOP pork, or salt-meadow lamb from Mont-Saint- Michael AOP.
Finally, the UFC highlights the presence of 37 vegetable, fruit and legume products such as endive from the North, lamb’s lettuce Nantaise IGP, red apricot from Roussillon AOP, melon from Quercy IGP, green lentils from Puy AOP and mogettes from Vendée IGP.