Know Your Food: Indian Food Composition Database Coming Soon

The Indian Food Composition Database which was initiated to provide a single authoritative source of food composition data will be made available to public in a few months, a senior official of National Institute of Nutrition said here today.

“The NIN has recently completed the preparation of the new Indian food composition database. This is going to be very useful database for the country as we are going to get all the required information about the nutrients at one place. It will help us in keeping tab on nutritional intake and nutritious food,” said Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Soumya Swaminathan in a
pre-recorded video message at the 11th International Food Data Conference (IFDC).

“From the data, it is already visible that there are large variations in the same kind of food grown in different parts of the country. This is something that we need to pay more attention to because the same cereal grown in one part of the country, apparently has adifferent nutrient value compared to the one grown in other part of the country. Soil variation and cultivar variation can be reason for this,” she

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