New Food Rating System Tells You What You're Really Eating

Do you find yourself wandering the aisles of a grocery store unsure of what food products are truly good for you and what's marketing hype? It's common to see "natural," "whole grain" and "organic" plastered all over food packaging, but these claims can often be misleading. What's a shopper to do?

Just this week, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a new rating system called Food Scores: Rate Your Plate to help you decipher the quality of the food you eat, and it's a powerful tool that can help weed out junk food in disguise. Pulling from a database of over 80,000 grocery items, the rating system scores food based on nutritional information, ingredients of concern and processing to rank products from a score of 1 (the best) to 10 (the worst).

Food Scores can be accessed on the go using your smartphone or by scanning a barcode and at home on your computer.

Check out the slideshow above to discover how Food Scores works, what the scoring system reveals about our food landscape and more.