Food Composition Explained
– Fernanda Grande, PhD –
– Fernanda Grande, PhD –
Learn about Food Composition Data principles to be able to choose high-quality and appropriate data for different purposes.
Improve your knowledge of food composition to prepare high-quality databases, according to international standards and guidelines.
Access tools for data management and collections of documents of great relevance for food composition data compilers.
Food Composition Explained was created by Fernanda Grande in 2020 to share knowledge and experiences on this topic with both data users and compilers. The content provided is based on publications, standards and guidelines stablished by the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS) under the Global co-ordination of the Food Composition at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Understand the importance of food composition and why you should learn more about this topic.
Figure out how FCTs/FCDBs are created regarding the different types of data that are used.
Component identification and how the INFOODS component identifiers (tagnames) can allow for a precise description.
How to manage food composition data, since the original analytical values until the final user database.
Definition and relevance of edible/inedible portion, what we need to consider when selecting it and where to find this information.
Basic principles of recipe calculation and the steps for calculating the nutrient content of multi-ingredient recipes.
Learn how you can use the Excel template to make your recipe calculations with a practical example.
Theory and practice in calculating nutrient values of cooked foods and mixed dishes according to FAO/INFOODS standards.
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Food Composition Tables and Databases listed below are available for download free-of-charge in Excel format facilitating data usage:
Frida, DTU Foods public food database, version 4, 2019, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (link)
ANES-CIQUAL French Food Composition Table, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (link)
Dutch Food Composition Database (NEVO), National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (link)
New Zealand Food Composition Database, New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Lim. and Ministry of Health. (link)
Tabela da Composição de Alimentos (PortFIR), Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge. (link)
McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods integrated dataset, Public Health England. (link)
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Last update 03.03.2023