Online calorie and nutrient database

April 14, 2005 in Healthy Eating

Online calorie and nutrient database

For years, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has offered an online database of common foods and ingredients, breaking these down into macronutrient (protein, carbohydrate, fat) and micronutrient (vitamins, minerals, etc.) contents. There is now a Canadian counterpart to this database, the Canadian Nutrient File (CNF). The CNF is a computerized, bilingual food composition database containing average values for nutrients in foods available in Canada.

This is in fact the tenth edition of the CNF, but the first available online. It contains data on 6000 food items, and is available online at . New features in this edition include Canadian traditional native foods and there are links to other valuable Health Canada resources, such as Dietary Recommended Intakes (DRIs) and Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

International food composition tables are also available, at

All research on this web site is the property of Leslie Beck Nutrition Consulting Inc. and is protected by copyright. Keep in mind that research on these matters continues daily and is subject to change. The information presented is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. It is intended to provide ongoing support of your healthy lifestyle practices.