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Grading Scale


Every ingredient has a Be Food Smart Report Card with a letter grade. Be Food Smart recommends only consuming ingredients with A, B or C grades. Here is the guide to understanding the grading system:

BFS Grade

A

Passing Grade

There are positive health benefits to consuming this ingredient. No major controversy surrounding safety of the ingredient.

B

Passing Grade

There may be some positive health benefits to consuming this ingredient. Minimal negative health effects. No major controversy surrounding safety of the ingredient.

C

Passing Grade

Consumption of the ingredient does not generally result in major positive or negative effects. A somewhat benign ingredient that doesn't add much to your diet. No major controversy surrounding safety of the ingredient. In general, okay to consume for most people.

D

Failing Grade

Some possible negative health effects and/or animal studies showing negative effects. Some controversy surrounding the safety of the additive. Best avoided.

F

Failing Grade

Safety of the additive is highly controversial. Many animal and/or human studies showing negative health effects. May be categorized by U.S. FDA as "possibly cancer causing in humans." May be banned in some countries. Hazardous, avoid completely.

G

Passing Grade

GRAS - "GRAS" is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe by the US Food & Drug Administration. An additive given GRAS approval is "adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use." Be Food Smart has not evaluated this specific ingredient for a grade.

?

Undetermined

This ingredient has not been completed and is awaiting a grade.


Please note that grade designations are a general guideline and are the opinion of Be Food Smart. Grades are given as we research an ingredient based on variety of sources. With the number of food manufactures and the nature of the constantly changing industry, it is impossible to know if an ingredient is always completely safe. While our research may indicate positive and /or negative health effects for a specific ingredient, every person is different (depends on a variety of environmental and biological factors, current health, diagnosed or undiagnosed medical conditions, etc.) and may react completely differently. Always consult your healthcare provider for specific dietary advice.


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