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ABOUT NUTRITION COMPANY DATABASE SERVICES

Are you looking for nutrient data on a hard-to-find food?  Do you have a project that requires food/nutrient data in an easy-to-use format?  Do you need expert advice with respect to food/nutrient/data questions?  The Nutrition Company's consulting services applies our 3 decades of experience in the field to provide customized nutrient data structures that can be used to build databases for research projects, websites, publications, and many other tasks.

 

To contact a Nutrition Company representative and learn about how these services can help your organization, click the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.

 

Topic list:

Nutrient data for hard-to-find foods

Getting assistance with the USDA databases

Importing specialty databases into FoodWorks

 

Finding nutrient data for hard-to-find foods

Every day, more and more exotic, medicinal, and unusual ethnic foods arrive on market shelves and will find their way into your analyses.  The Nutrition Company's researchers have access to data, research journals, and an international network of nutrient analysis professionals.  So if you haven't found what you're looking for, contact us.  We have contract options that can help you to get available information.  Even better, we can put it in a form that can be imported into your FoodWorks software.

 

Getting assistance with the USDA databases

FoodWorks uses data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in specific, the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and the Food and Nutrition Database for Dietary Studies.  These databases are among the most widely used in the world and are the basis for almost every proprietary commercial nutrient assessment database.  They are public domain databases that are paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars and are available at no charge.  This is one of the reasons why The Nutrition Company can offer FoodWorks at such great savings over similar commercial nutrient analysis software.

 

Anyone can download the databases from the USDA website. However, managing the relational layout of the data and adapting it to specific needs, while maintaining the integrity of the data, requires specialized skills.  The Nutrition Company can help you identify your data needs and quickly and economically develop a custom database for you that contains the foods and nutrients you require, all supplied in a convenient spreadsheet format (such as a Microsoft Excel workbook).

 

Additionally, we can provide consulting services to help you with all aspects of nutrient data application from project design to validation of data processing algorithms and review services.

 

Importing specialty databases into FoodWorks

You may have a special database of foods and nutrients that your organization uses for special needs.  Examples include national food databases for developing nations, research databases, and special clinical nutrient databases.  If the database includes (for each food) a food name, at least one portion description and portion gram weight, and nutrient values, that data can be processed into a form that can be imported into the FoodWorks data structure.  The Nutrition Company can consult with your organization to perform the conversion and import process.  The result will allow you to use your special database in your FoodWorks software.

 

To contact a Nutrition Company representative and learn about how these services can help your organization, click the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.