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Table 2 Product frequency and median Health Star Ratings (HSR) of NOVA categories by Australian Dietary Guidelines food group categories

From: Analysing the use of the Australian Health Star Rating system by level of food processing

ADG Food Group Categories MP PCI P UP
n (%) HSR n (%) HSR n (%) HSR n (%) HSR
Med Med Med Med
Five Food Group foods 149(20.6) 4.5δ 132(18.2) 4δ 443(61.2) 4
 Grains 39 4δ 2 4 151 4
 Fruit 45 4.5δ 25 4δ 44 5
 Vegetables 29 5δ 31 4.5δ 45 4
 MLNSE 31 5δ 56 4δ 61 4
 Dairy/Alternatives 5 4 12 *δ 31 4
 Mixed Meals 6 3.5 111 3.5
Discretionary foods 2(0.4) ** 17(3.2) 1δ 12(2.3) 4δ 495(94.1) 2.5
Oils 2 3.5
Flour 3 4 3 4
FSF 6 4.5
Water 5 5
  1. MP unprocessed and minimally processed, PCI processed culinary ingredients, P processed; ULP ultra-processed, Med median, MLNSE meat, legumes, nuts, seeds and eggs, FSF formulated supplementary foods; (%) percentage of products classified in each NOVA category within ADG food group categories
  2. *value = 2.2; **value = 1.25 (due to the number of products in these categories a median HSR could not be calculated)
  3. δmedian significantly different to median of UP foods within the same ADG group (Mann Whitney U test, p < 0.05)