Why you should be member?

For Researchers

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As a researcher, you have to rely on high quality and up-to-date food composition data and food composition databases for research that involves looking at the nutrient intake of the studied sample.

For international research, i.e. a study carried out in different countries simultaneously, it is particularly important that the food composition data used in the different countries are comparable. Many researchers rely on national food composition databases when calculating the nutrient intake based on dietary protocols. However, the information required may not always be available, the data may be old or have values missing for the nutrients of interest. If your study sample includes people from ethnic minority groups, you may have to analyse dishes for which data is not available in national databases and the required data may have to be sourced from elsewhere.

The FoodEXplorer offered by EuroFIR is invaluable to enable you to search for information in a number of European and international food composition databases simultaneously. This can allow you to find products that may not be available in your own national database, to compare values to see if there are differences between your country and other countries, to estimate missing nutrient values or to find more up to date data. You can also search specialised datasets for information about plant bioactive compounds with putative health benefit, such as polyphenols or carotenoids, in foods.

For Dietitians and Nutritionists

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Access to accurate food composition data is essential for dietitians to carry out nutritional assessments and interventions with their patients.

The management of some medical conditions (e.g. phenylketonuria and renal disease) requires accurate calculation of the amount of specific nutrients in foods and in the persons overall diet. Also, dietitians need to be able to easily identify foods that contain low, medium or high amounts of various nutrients to appropriately advise their patients.

Many dietitians rely on their basic knowledge of the nutrient composition of foods to estimate calorie and nutrient intakes. Though the food supply is changing rapidly – there is a greater range of foods available and the composition of similar food types can vary greatly. To provide the best care for your patients it is important that you have ready access to up to date food composition data. Also, as the population becomes more ethnically diverse it is important to have access to information on traditional ethnic foods.

The FoodEXplorer provided by EuroFIR provides you with easy access to the latest food composition information for thousands of foods and mixed dishes from across Europe, including traditional ethnic foods. You can search your own country specific database or simultaneously search more than 20 national and specialised food composition databases. Values for a variety of food components can be viewed, including energy, vitamins, minerals and bioactive substances.

For Students

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As a student, you may already be involved in small projects or studies that include the assessment of nutrient intakes of study participants or a population group. To make sure that the findings are as accurate as possible, you have to rely on high quality food composition data.

Most students will rely on national food composition databases when calculating the nutrient intake from dietary protocols. The information required may not always be available, the data may be old or have values missing for the nutrients of interest. If you have a study sample that involves people from ethnic minority groups, you may have to analyse dishes for which data is not available in national databases and the required data may have to be sourced from elsewhere.

The FoodEXplorer offered by EuroFIR is invaluable to enable you to search for information in a number of European and international food composition databases simultaneously. This can allow you to find foods or dishes that may not be available in your own national database, to compare values to see if there are differences between your country and other countries, to estimate missing nutrient values or to find more up to date data. You can also search specialist databases for information about plant bioactive compounds with putative health benefits, such as polyphenols or carotenoids, in foods.

For Policy makers

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Food composition data, often combined with national dietary intake data, has a variety of uses for policy makers. It can be used to help identify diet-related determinants of health, assess energy and nutrient intakes of a specific population and identify key food contributors of specific nutrients in the diet, which in turn can be used to inform the development of effective public health policy.

Most countries have their own national food composition tables, either as a book or in an electronic or online format. However, given the global trade of food, changes in the ethnic makeup of populations with migration and the rapidly changing food supply, policy makers need access to an official, comprehensive and up to date food composition data source that contains data on a broad range of foods.

The FoodEXplorer offered by EuroFIR provides this comprehensive and official data source. Policy makers can either singly or simultaneously search more than 20 national and specialised food composition databases. Given its electronic format, the format of the food composition datasets also allows data to be linked to other databases, for example for easy analysis of national diet and nutrition survey data as well as for risk assessment.

For Industry

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European regulations on nutrition and health claims and, most recently the new Food Information regulation mean that those selling foods have to know what they contain.

Food composition data is also important for meeting quality standards, for marketing, reformulation or new product development. Some food businesses may have their foods analysed directly in a laboratory to provide nutrition information. However, this can be extremely expensive and in many cases, composition of foods and drinks will be calculated based on existing food composition data.

When sourcing food composition data, many in the food industry will turn to national food composition tables, either as a book or in electronic or online formats. However, the information required may not always be available, the data may be old or have values missing for the nutrients of interest.

In this case, the FoodEXplorer offered by EuroFIR is invaluable to enable you to search for information in a number of European and international food composition databases simultaneously. This can allow you to find products that may not be available in your own national database, to compare values to see if there are differences between your country and other countries, to estimate missing nutrient values or to find more up to date data. You can also search specialist databases for information about plant bioactives, such as polyphenols or carotenoids, in foods.

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