Vita Score


A health indicator for meals based on scientific evidence.


We just love a Healthy Diet

What we eat has a tremendous impact on our health and well-being and bad dietary habits are a leading driver of death and disability worldwide. The Vita Score supports the goal of staying healthy by promoting a diet that minimizes food related disease risk such as cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and cancer.

Scientific Facts

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors (GBD) Study is an independently funded collaboration from over 2'300 scientists and constitutes the largest epidemiological study today. It identifies 84 behavioral, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks that lead to diseases. Through the assessment of more than 15'000 studies it approaches accurate numbers for disability adjusted life years (DALY) lost per 100'000 people dependent on age, gender and location for each individual risk factor. It provides new insights on the risks we should be concerned to improve our lives. Learn more

A Health Indicator for Meals

The Vita Score currently uses 8 non-overlapping dietary factors identified by the GBD study, namely whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, processed meat, red meat, milk and salt. Providing a guideline to follow a “minimum risk diet”, the Vita Score calculates how much of the recommendations are fulfilled in relation to the caloric content of a meal, weighted according to the severity of their outcomes. For example, lack of wholegrains in the Swiss population is related to 124 years of life lost per 100’000 people, whereas eating too much salt is related to 46 years of life lost.

The Vita Score Award

Menus with at least 20% less diet related risk points than all recorded menus earn the Vita Score Award. They belong to the 20% menus with the best Vita Score, all having a 5 out of 5 heart rating.


Nutrition


Being aware of how to fuel our body. Eating balanced.


The nutritional content of a meal to meet the daily nutrient recommendations can be analyzed separately and independently. The Nutrition Label analyzes per person and portion if a meal is „well balanced“ in the sense that it provides you with all the daily energy requirements.

An average warm meal should make around one third of the recommended daily amount of 2000 kcal of energy intake, those nutrients which go above this range will be clearly marked. This way also the nutritional content of a meal can be conveniently optimized.

The Nutrition Label

Balanced menus with a good energy value score the Nutrition Label. These menus do derive 5-14% of it’s calories from proteins and 20-35% from fat, while having a total energy value between 450 and 850 kcal.

Updates on the Vita Score

20 Dec 2017 – Smart Chefs Restaurant Analysis


The results are in - we are out of balance.


Wow, I never knew that eating balanced was such a challenge! I just assumed that eating sustainable was the greater one. Only around 6% of all meals served in restaurants that we analyzed fulfilled the criteria of having a good energy content and the right proportional distribution of protein, fat and starch. Off course, this is only one perspective of judging the healthiness of a meal, but it is a pretty basic one. Moreover, it is commonly recommended and applied by health and food professionals. Our findings are in line with the Swiss menuCH study which showed that most Swiss eat unbalanced, eating especially too much meat and fat.

Read the full update.

17 Dec 2017 – Smart Chefs Research Report


Organic and Health Research Results - Full Booklet Publication


In our report „Smart Chefs: health, climate and sustainability“ we summarize the findings on the conflicts and synergies between different environmental and health indicators. In short, reducing the carbon footprint of our diet also reduces the impact of important other environmental indicators, but potential conflicts exist with animal welfare, tropical deforestation and water scarcity.

Read the full update.

04 Oct 2017 – Impulsevent Smart Chefs


Ein kulinarischer Spielplatz für Entdecker


Am 28. September 2017 haben wir im Rahmen einer interaktiven Impuls-Veranstaltung über unsere neuesten Erkenntnisse in den Bereichen Klimaschutz, Gesundheit und umweltfreundliche Landwirtschaft informiert. Am Event konnten wir unsere 2 grössten Lieben mit euch teilen. Was uns verbindet bei Eaternity ist das gute Essen und die stichhaltigen Daten. Zwei Welten lassen wir zusammenkommen die eigentlich nicht getrennt sein sollten: die Wissenschaft und die Gastronomie.

Read the full update.

06 Jun 2017 – Health Footprint Update


Check the nutrients of your recipes in our App!


1/3 of greenhouse gases originate from the production and consumption of food. At the same time lifestyle illnesses like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are on the rise worldwide. Working with leading Swiss and international experts from institutions like Public Health Schweiz, The Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and Barilla Food Centre, Eaternity aims to promote a culture in which health and sustainability are not in conflict.

Read the full update.

12 Oct 2015 – Migros Engagement Development Fund


Is a healthy, organic diet also good for the Earth’s climate?


The CO₂ calculator of the Zurich start-up Eaternity determines the ecological footprint of over 5000 Swiss meals. In future, its evaluation will also include the effect of an organic and healthy diet. A large-scale project financed by the Engagement Migros development fund that is backed by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and other partners is making this expansion possible. It will provide a ground-breaking standard for especially healthy and sustainable meals.

Read the full update.

References

The Vita Score is the result of the Health Footprint Project. Our aim was to create an indicator for meals that is deeply rooted in the newest and sound science. The indicator shows which meals are in line with the minimal risk diet to reduce the risk of diet related diseases.

As a consequence, Eaternity included the Vita Score as an indicator for healthiness of a meal into the Eaternity App to support the overall goal of eating healthy and climate friendly meals!

The results were reviewed by our scientific board of experts and partners. The project was made possible by the Engagement Fund Migros.

Publications

  1. Full Results of the Health Footprint Project
  2. Vita Score Documentation - Whitepaper
  3. Healthy eating guidelines (Swiss only)
Contributors to the project:
Project organisation: Aleksandra Aleksandrowicz, Eaternity – aaleksandrowicz@eaternity.ch
Deputy: Judith Ellens, Eaternity – jellens@eaternity.ch
Feldeggstrasse 4, 8008 Zürich
Advisory board:
  • Dr. Baumgartner Stephanie, Public Health Schweiz, Switzerland
  • Dr. Gaillard Gérard, Agroscope, Switzerland
  • Dr. Müller Claudia, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
  • Dr. Marco Springmann, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Meyer Stefan, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Dr. Speck Melanie, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
  • Prof. Tukker Arnold, Leiden University, Netherlands
Experts and stakeholders:
  • Baumer, Beatrice, Zurich University of Applied Sciences,Switzerland
  • Dr. Kapitulčinová Dana, Charles University Prague,Czech Republic
  • Dr. Rohrmann Sabine, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Stalder Urs, Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen – BLV, Switzerland
  • Walker Christie, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Made possible by: Engagement Migros development fund and the Global Burden of Disease Project