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FooDB
Content
Description A database of detailed food component with information on the known health effects
Data types captured Macronutrient and micronutrients values, chemistry and biochemistry, health effects, biology, structures
Contact
Research center University of Alberta
Laboratory Dr. David Wishart
Primary citation [1][2]
Access
Website http://www.foodb.ca/
Tools
Miscellaneous
Data release frequency Updated every 2-3 months
Curation policy Manually curated

FooDB (The Food Database) is a freely available, open-access database containing chemical (micronutrient and macronutrient) composition data on common, unprocessed foods.[1] It also contains extensive data on flavour/aroma constituents, food additives as well as positive/negative health effects associated with food constituents. The database currently contains information on more than 28,000 chemicals found in >1000 raw or unprocessed food products. The data in FooDB was collected from many sources including textbooks, scientific journals, on-line food composition or nutrient databases, flavour and aroma databases and various on-line metabolomic databases.[2] This literature-derived information has been combined with experimentally-derived data measured on 1000’s of compounds from more than 40 very common food products through the Alberta Food Metabolome Project which is led by Dr. David Wishart of the University of Alberta. Users are able to browse through the FooDB data by food source, name, descriptors or function. Chemical structures and molecular weights for compounds in FooDB may be searched via a specialized chemical structure search utility. Users are able to view the content of FooDB using two different “Viewing” options: FoodView, which lists foods by their chemical compounds or ChemView, which lists chemicals by their food sources. Knowledge about the precise chemical composition of foods can be used to guide public health policies, assist food companies with improved food labelling, help dieticians prepare better dietary plans, support nutraceutical companies with their submissions of health claims and guide consumer choices with regard to food purchases. FooDB is available at: http://www.foodb.ca/

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  1. ^ a b Scalbert, A; Andres-Lacueva, C.; Arita, M.; Kroon, P.; Manach, C.; Urpi-Sarda, M.; Wishart, D.S. (2011). "Databases on Food Phytochemicals and Their Health-Promoting Effects.". J. Agric. Food Chem. 59 (9): 4331–4348. doi:10.1021/jf200591d. PMID 21438636. 
  2. ^ a b Wishart, D. S.; Knox, C., Guo, A., Eisner, A., Young, N.,Gautam, B., Hau, D.D, Psychogios, N., Dong, E., Bouatra, S., Mandal, R., Sinelnikov, I., Xia, J., Jia, L.,Cruz,J.A., Lim, E., Sobsey, C.A, Shrivastava, S., Huang, P., Liu, P., Fang.L, Peng, J., Fradette, R., Cheng, D.,Tzur, D., Clements, M., Lewis, A., Souza, A.D., Zuniga, A., Dawe, M., Xiong, Y., Clive, D., Greiner, R., Nazyrova, A., Shaykhutdinov,R., Li, L., Vogel, H.J., and Forsythe, I. (2009). "HMDB: a knowledgebase for the human metabolome.". Nucleic Acids Research 37 (Database issue): D603 D610. doi:10.1093/nar/gkn810. PMC 2686599. PMID 18953024. 

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