Why do you need food composition data?
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.
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Additionally, EuroFIR offers e-learning modules for students, which were designed to help users obtain a comprehensive understanding of the different aspects of food composition data. Try the modules here.
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