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Ever read a food label in the store and find that item you thought was healthy is anything but? Some foods that are marketed as “low-fat” or “no sugar added” can still contain a ton of sweeteners, calories, chemicals, and sodium, making it tough to decipher what’s actually good for us. And according to Eat This, Not That, that’s why researchers at Tufts University created The Food Compass, a nutrient ranking system.

It ranks foods from the absolute best to absolute worst for your health on a scale of one to 100. More than 8-thousand foods were evaluated on “54 attributes across 9 health-relevant domains: nutrient ratios, vitamins, minerals, food ingredients, additives, processing, specific lipids, fiber and protein, and phytochemicals,” according to the report.

Foods on the absolute best side include:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Leafy greens
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils
  • Fish, especially halibut and tuna
  • And plain yogurt.

And on the flip side, the foods that are considered the worst for your health include:

  • White bread products
  • Soda and energy drinks
  • Processed meats
  • Fat-free dressings
  • “Light” butter
  • Cakes and pastries

Source: Eat This, Not That