Ever wonder what is in your food?
Many countries have food nutrient databases that allow searching for macro- and micro-nutrient content of thousands of food ingredients or meals. Micro-nutrients are synonymous with trace minerals and elements. This group is also known to include vitamins.
Nutrient reference value databases are useful for general self-directed research for those suffering from chronic diseases and/or deficiencies. Guidance from a health physician is recommended.
For a more universal perspective here are a few international nutrient reference value databases created for public use by a handful of international government health ministries. With a few exceptions, the databases are free unless otherwise noted.
- South Africa – South African Food Data System
- Japan – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology – Standard food tables
- Denmark – National Food Institute
- Estonia – NutriData
- Finland – National Institute for Health and Welfare
- Germany – Souci – Fachmann – Kraut Online Database (Paid Subscription)
- Germany – Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV)
- Germany – University of Hohenheim – Calculator Tool
- North America
For most other countries where food data tables are available or health publications, check the International food composition table/ database directory, maintained since 1988, by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
For a compiled data from multiple countries from all over the world, once again see the FAO’s food composition database.