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NEW in FoodWorks 17 - EXPANDED NUTRIENT DATA - FoodWorks 16 has been updated to contain the USDA Standard Reference version 27 and the Canadian Nutrient File 2010.  The NHANES Food and Nutrition Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS) is also included in the FoodWorks database.  FoodWorks users can choose to include or exclude any of six source databases when searching for foods to include in an analysis.  The addition of new data brings the total available food references to more than 40,000.  Entries from each database are tagged with a prefix identifying the source database making food selection easier.

FACTS UP FRONT – The Nutrition Facts label function of FoodWorks now includes values for Facts Up Front labels.  Facts Up Front values are appearing on more and more food packages.  Now FoodWorks can help you make use of this important nutrition information resource.


THE “FREQUENTLY USED FOODS” LIST – This feature “remembers” foods you have chosen before.  If you search for a food and your search results include a food you have chosen before, that food will be displayed in a special list, making it easy to find foods you use often.  You can delete foods from the list, and you can erase the list and start over at any time.


NUTRIENT PREVIEW WHEN SELECTING FOODS – This feature shows you a preview of the nutrient amounts found in a food you are selecting.  The preview is sensitive to the portion you choose, so the nutrient values vary to match the portion.  This allows you to make decisions about portion sizes based on nutrient content – a valuable tool to menu and recipe analysts.


RECIPE EXPORT FUNCTION – The “Export” function now has a tool that allows you to copy and paste a recipe directly from FoodWorks into your word processor in one step.  The recipe’s name, procedure, and ingredients are presented together making it easier than ever to copy the information and format it to your exact specifications in your word processor.


NUTRITION FACT LABEL ENHANCMENTS – Several new enhancements have been added to the Nutrition Facts label processor.  You can now turn off the food name that appears above the label on printouts so that you can print your label to a narrow-format label printer without overrun.  You can also opt to print a list of ingredients in descending order of weight.  The ingredient list will appear immediately below your label.

“SHOW ME” WALK-THROUGH TUTORIALS – FoodWorks has always been known for its user-friendliness. And now, users can learn to do important tasks more easily than ever by using the new “ShowMe” walk-throughs. ShowMe is part of the Help menu. Just pick a topic from the ShowMe sub-menu and get step-by-step instructions for performing a task. In addition, all of the standard help topics are available to provide all the information you need.

“MIFFLIN-ST. JEOR” BASAL METABOLISM FORMULA – Newly added to FoodWorks, the Mifflin-St. Jeor formula uses height, weight, age, and gender data to calculate metabolic needs. It is one of the best predictors of BMR.

IMPORT FOODS FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES INTO THE USER DATABASE - One of the biggest obstacles in using nutrient analysis software is that there is no formal standard for nutrient data formatting. As a result, there has never been a standard method for interchanging food data between programs. You may have external sources of data that you may want to use in your analyses. Normally, you would have to enter these foods into your nutrient analysis software by hand. Not with FoodWorks. It can import external data as long as it is in the form of a spreadsheet and formatted in a way that FoodWorks can understand. Most nutrient data spreadsheets can be modified easily to a form that FoodWorks can import.

EXPORT THE CONTENTS OF YOUR USER DATABASE - The FoodWorks “Export” menu contains a new feature. You can export the entire contents of your user database to file that can be opened by spreadsheet processors (such as Excel) and statistical software. This is useful if you wish to use that data outside of FoodWorks. Additionally, the data is exported in the format that FoodWorks uses for import. So other FoodWorks users can import your user database into their programs. This is a tremendous step forward in data sharing.

In addition to these changes, many internal efficiencies have been added to FoodWorks version 17. Changes include updates to take advantage of current technology capabilities as well as more powerful input evaluation.  Network usage requires unlimited licensing. For more information, contact Support at 908-876-5580 or email to nutrico@mindspring.com.