Why can`t I find the food items I am looking for in the Food Composition table?

Mainly, the food items are commonly consumed raw foods and food items, and some prepared dishes. In order to include new food items in the Food Composition table, the food items have to be established in the market. New food items are constantly evaluated to be included in the table, but it may take some time to obtain satisfying nutrient data from analysis or calculating values by recipe.

Analysing all the nutrient values in food items available in the Food Composition table is expensive. Food producers seldom are able to provide all the nutrient values required of food items included in the food composition database. Data from analyses and food samples should be of sufficient quality. In order to calculate nutrient values of food items, a representative recipe should be used, and data from all the ingredients needs to be available.

The Food Composition table is regularly updated based on accessibility to new nutrient data on foods, but it depends on available resources.

However, it is possible to add nutrient values (from food labels or product sheets) in the download version (spreadsheet) of the Food Composition table, if you need food items in order to calculate values or as your own reference work.