Cleveland Clinic Wellness

Cleveland Clinic recognizes the power of nutritious food in supporting optimal health. The food choices we make each day have the ability to turn on or off genes that directly impacts how our mind and body age.

We want to help you adopt and sustain lifestyle behaviors that can improve your health and quality of life. Identifying wholesome foods can be a challenge. Cleveland Clinic doctors and dietitians developed our Go!Well criteria to help remove some of the confusion. Our goal is to empower you to choose foods and recipes that will help you live healthier, feel better, and prevent or even reverse disease.

Our nutrition experts certify that all food and beverages carrying the Go!Well label will meet these nutritional guidelines per serving:

Go!Well Core Criteria:

  • Less than 4g of saturated fat per serving*
  • Less than 4g of added sugars & syrups per serving**
  • Less than 800mg of sodium per serving
  • 0g of trans fat
  • Only 100 percent whole grains
*Exceeding 4g of saturated fat from whole foods such as avocados or fish is acceptable.
**Exceeding 4g of sugar resulting from naturally-occurring sugars from non-processed fruit and vegetable ingredients are acceptable.

Go!Well items must also meet these additional guidelines:

  • Must be nutrient dense and naturally contain one or more of the following: Vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, plant-based fats, omega-3 fatty acids
  • Whole food based product or recipe with research to support its role in promoting long term optimal health
  • Must not be a product or contain ingredients linked to poor health outcomes
  • Product or recipe that has been approved by Cleveland Clinic’s Go! Foods Experts

Behind the Criteria

Scientific evidence links poor eating habits with increased risk of certain diseases and conditions. The more nutritious you eat, the lower your chance of developing a disease or disability, and the less you age your mind and body. That’s why Cleveland Clinic medical experts want you to use the Go!Well label to make the healthiest food selections.

Minimal Saturated Fat

Saturated fats turn on genes that cause inflammation and hardening of arteries, and are associated with higher bad LDL cholesterol levels. This increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers.

No Trans Fat

Trans-fat has no redeeming qualities! It increases bad LDL cholesterol and decreases good HDL cholesterol, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke. Although trans-fat is found in small amounts in some meats and dairy products, most is consumed in the form of hydrogenated oils, which are added to stabilize products and lengthen shelf life. Products that claim to be “trans- fat free” have less than 0.5 grams per serving. At Cleveland Clinic, we believe that no amount of trans-fat is acceptable and have eliminated trans-fat altogether.

Minimal Added Sugars and Syrups

Additional sugar translates to empty calories and also causes blood sugar to fluctuate. High blood sugar increases your risks of kidney disease and all arterial aging diseases, including skin wrinkling, impotence, stroke and heart attack.

100% Whole Grain

Whole grains are a vital, high-fiber source of calories, nutrients and nourishing fats. High-fiber foods reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and selected cancers. They protect normal blood sugar and insulin function, and keep you feeling full longer. Women need about 25 grams and men generally need 35 grams of fiber per day. This is hard to achieve by eating refined breads, pastas and rice, from which the fiber has been removed.

Minimal Sodium

High sodium intake is associated with high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and worsening of kidney disease, heart failure and other conditions. The general recommendation is that no more than 2,300 mg of sodium should be consumed per day – about the amount in one teaspoon of salt.

We’re working with companies who care about offering healthier options that meet our Go!Well requirements. Look for some of their select products in your local grocery stores. Would you like to be a Go!Well partner? Contact us to find out more about our criteria.