Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Food data to keep New Zealand healthy

Food data to keep New Zealand healthy

Auckland, New Zealand. 13 May 2014...Health and nutrition professionals, policymakers and people with an interest in food can now access updated nutritional analyses of foods common to the New Zealand diet.

The latest edition of the New Zealand Food Composition Database (NZFCD) publication– holds information on 2,600 foods, including new or updated data for 81 foods that have become increasingly common in the New Zealand diet such as gluten-free breads, soy and chilli sauces, new breakfast cereals and breakfast drinks, and various vegetables.

The NZFCD is routinely used by food manufacturers to calculate the nutritional value of their products as well as by health professionals to assess nutrient intake and plan diets. The Ministry of Health also uses the NZFCD in national nutrition surveys and when developing nutrition policies and guidelines.

The NZFCD is updated on an annual basis and the latest version includes information on approximately 2,600 foods, including 84 core food components, such as moisture, energy, dietary fibre, carbohydrates, protein fat, vitamins, minerals, cholesterol and caffeine, and up to 276 other food components such as amino acids and fatty acids. The information is accessible as FOODfiles – which includes all data; the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) database – which summarises seven core nutrients routinely used on food packaging for all 2,600 foods and ingredients; and the Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables – a downloadable pdf and Microsoft Excel files summarising 36 key components for more than 1000 foods.

“Having a national food composition database is important as food grown or manufactured in New Zealand may have different nutritional values to similar foods produced overseas,” says Suba Sivakumaran, the lead scientist for the Database. “Having access to country-specific data allows health professionals and policymakers to monitor diets, on an individual or national level, and develop guidelines to ensure the health of every New Zealander.”

New items are added to the NZFCD as they become common in the New Zealand diet. Companies may also work with Plant & Food Research to add new items, for example if formulations or agricultural practices change or as new products are developed. Each value is verified by an independent laboratory.

The New Zealand Food Composition Database is primarily funded by the Ministry of Health with additional support from the food and beverage industry. The information is accessible - as the New Zealand FOODfiles 2013; The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 10th Edition 2013; and the Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) database - through the website www.foodcomposition.co.nz.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business:
NZ Puts Seven New Oil And Gas Areas Put Up For Tender

A total of seven new areas will be opened up to oil and gas exploration under its block offer tendering system, as the New Zealand government seeks to concentrate activity in a few strategically chosen areas. More>>

ALSO:

Half Full: Dairy Payouts Steady, Cash Will Be Tight

Industry body DairyNZ is advising farmers to focus on strong cashflow management as they look ahead to the 2015-16 season following Fonterra's half-year results announcement today. More>>

ALSO:

First Union: Cotton On Plans To Use “Tea Break” Law

“The Prime Minister reassured New Zealanders that ‘post the passing of this law, will you all of a sudden find thousands of workers who are denied having a tea break? The answer is absolutely not’... Cotton On is proposing to remove tea and meal breaks for workers in its safety sensitive distribution centre. How long before other major chains try and follow suit?” More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ-Korea FTA Signed Amid Spying, Lost Sovereignty Claims

A long-awaited free trade agreement between New Zealand and South Korea has been signed in Seoul by Prime Minister John Key and the Korean president, Park Geun-hye. More>>

ALSO:

PM Visit: NZ And Viet Nam Agree Ambitious Trade Target

New Zealand and Viet Nam have agreed an ambitious target of doubling two-way goods and service trade to around $2.2 billion by 2020, Prime Minister John Key has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Economy Grows 0.8% In Fourth Quarter

The New Zealand economy expanded in the fourth quarter as tourists drove growth in retailing and accommodation, and property sales increased demand for real estate services. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news