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Accurate and Validated Nutrient Dataset

myfood24 uses a unique and comprehensive dataset, created and quality-checked by experts

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Data you can rely on

Providing high quality nutritional analysis you can trust

Unlike many other online tools, nutritional information for food and drink data has not been crowd-sourced, instead it has been meticulously created by a team of experts and quality checked for accuracy. The dataset contains extensive nutrient information on thousands of branded and generic items including both macro- and micronutrients! 

 

Expertly created

Expertly created

The dataset has been crafted by nutrition experts, we never use crowd-sourced data

Biomarker validation

Biomarker validation

myfood24 has been validated by academics against a series of nutrient biomarkers

Uniquely mapped

Uniquely mapped

The novel mapping process provides a more comprehensive nutrient dataset

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The importance of data

Accurate analysis relies on good quality food and drink source data

In order to accurately measure dietary intake, it is crucial that the food and nutrient data used is from a reliable source. Errors in this source data can lead to inaccurate assessments which have the potential to invalidate research and negatively impact patients. 

Nutrient data can be sourced from food composition tables which provide substantial nutrient information on thousands of food and drink items. Yet, these tables only provide information on 'generic' items like ‘white sliced bread’ and 'semi-skimmed milk' as opposed to branded food items.

Given the wide variety of products and brands available on supermarket shelves, it's important to reflect this in the database. However, branded items tend to only have information available for the 'back of pack' nutrients - meaning information on their micronutrient content is often lacking.

Nutrient information can also be gathered using crowd-sourcing, an approach often used by consumer apps. However, these databases tend to be error-prone and lacking in micronutrient information.  

Dietary assessments using these forms of data alone may not always provide the whole nutritional picture accurately.

A novel approach

Utilising a unique mapping process to provide more complete data

Going one step further than any other nutrient analysis software, the unique myfood24 database has extended food composition tables to include branded products. Unlike any other software, myfood24 holds extensive macro- and micronutrient information on branded items, determined using a unique methodology. 

To do this, a mapping exercise was undertaken to match back of pack data from branded food products to nutrient data from food composition tables to provide information on missing micronutrient values such as B6, B12 and iron. This mapped database is unique to myfood24, no other system offers this. Data was not crowd-sourced.

A full quality control activity and additional database formatting were also performed to ensure the accuracy of the data and to enhance the searchability of the dataset.

Developing the initial myfood24 database took approximately 18 months to complete. Our team of dedicated experts are continually updating, expanding and improving our dataset to ensure it remains as accurate as possible.

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The result

A unique and comprehensive food and drink dataset

The result is a high quality dataset that's more nutritionally complete than other databases available. The myfood24 database meets the rigorous standards demanded by academic researchers, teaching and health professionals.

The dataset contains food and nutrient data from the following: food composition tables, manufacturers, fast food outlets and supermarket items.

Users of myfood24 can search for both generic and branded items from the substantial dataset. Accurate information on over 100 different nutrients is automatically gathered in ‘real time’.

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Datasets

We are continually expanding our databases

Our unique food and drink dataset is being enhanced and extended all the time and currently includes the following:

  • Branded items - Germany and UK
  • Food composition tables - Australia, Denmark, Germany and UK
  • Specialised sip and tube feeds - UK
  • Baby and infant foods - Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, UK

If you'd like to collaborate to create a new database or already have one that you'd like to use with myfood24 then please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

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I’m really surprised how many branded foods are available on it and that you can create recipes.

Student MSc Dietetics, Leeds Beckett

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The mobile optimised version of myfood24 is coming soon, the images of myfood24 on a mobile device are of the new design and do not reflect the current live system. We recommend to continue using myfood24 on a computer, laptop or tablet.