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Food Standards Australia New Zealand Revamps Nutrient Tables

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand Revamps Nutrient Tables

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Revamps Nutrient Tables

A new version of NUTTAB launched by Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King.

The popular nutrient database that is used on a daily basis by food researchers, nutritionists, dieticians, was further enhanced with an abbreviation of Nutrient Tables for Use in Australia.

This particular resource was accessed by thousands of people a month and will further enhance the usability of the site to professionals and people interested in finding out what nutrients exist in the foods we eat.

The data made available was extremely important for researchers working within ongoing studies as well as helping people make decisions and recommendations to others about nutrient intakes.

Ms King stated that consumers also used NUTTAB as a way of understanding what they are eating and to help them refine their diets.

She went on to say. “It’s a really important reference source for people who want to see what nutrients they are taking in. It might be that they’ve been recommended to go on a low sodium diet. This tool helps them do that by giving them important information about how much sodium is in food.”

NUTTAB i s available free of charge on the FSANZ website at www.foodstandards.gov.au in two formats, on line as a searchable database and as electronic database files. The new version includes:

  • new iodine, sodium, fat and fatty acid data
  • new beef, lamb, mutton, veal and pork data
  • new game meat data e.g. buffalo, venison, emu, rabbit, ostrich
  • separate files for Indigenous foods, vitamin D and amino acids
  • trans fatty acid data, reported for the first time in NUTTAB.

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