Food nutrient databases

By Cris, August 26, 2016
Last updated: October 6, 2017

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.

Online databases

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.

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