The Food Databanks National Capability manages data on the composition of foods eaten in the UK. As well as providing the nutritional information for food labelling, this data underpins research at the IFR, across Europe and beyond into the links between diet and health whilst helping to inform policy to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Lead scientist: Paul Finglas
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The Food Databanks National Capability, supported by BBSRC, is vital for UK public health with respect to understanding patterns and trends in food composition and consumption, their effects on health and the development of healthier food products.
Food Databanks oversees two different, but interconnected, databases, drawing on IFR’s years of experience in developing and maintaining information resources on the nutritional content of food. These databases are already established as independent and trusted resources with 50,000 international users from academia, healthcare, industry, government and the general public.
The Nutrient composition for UK foods database describes foods eaten in the UK in terms of their macronutrients, e.g. fats, protein, carbohydrates as well as their micronutrient content, which includes vitamins and minerals. This data is published in McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods, a vital resource for food manufacturers, dietitians, researchers and policy makers who need to know the nutritional content of foods consumed in the UK.
Food Databanks also maintains eBASIS, a database of non-nutrient bioactive compounds with putative health benefits. eBASIS provides information from published literature about non-nutrients (bioactives) with putative health benefits, or detrimental effects in humans, and weighs the quality of the information according to peer-reviewed evidence.
The nutrient composition database describes food eaten in the UK in terms of macro-nutrients (energy, protein, carbohydrates, fats etc.) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) and covers both generic and branded foods; eBASIS.
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