Now that I’m a mother, I have a low-grade obsession with food labels. While I’m generally familiar with key elements — hidden sugars, high-fructose corn syrups, fiber, sodium, protein and fat — it can still be a real hassle to read through a complicated and lengthy ingredients list, especially when I have a howling toddler in the cart.

Now Reuters reports that by next year, foods will be showing an Overall Nutrition Quality Index (ONQI), developed by a group of nutrition experts. It will be distributed at Topco, a grocery distribution and services cooperative that is owned by a number of independent grocers including Wegmans, Hy-Vee, IGA and Food City.

The index will assign each food a score, from 1-100 points. Presumably, fresh fruits and veggies would score near 100, while deep fried cheesecake would be closer to the single digits.

I’m hoping that this system, or something similar, comes to my local supermarket soon.

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