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Analytical Methods

 Updated 2021-05-23

 Analytical Methods for Components in Foods

It is neither the purpose, nor the intention of the Compilers' Toolbox™ to go deeper into the subject of analysing food components. In addition to Greenfield and Southgate, there are other prominent places to find the information on proper analytical techniques for developing food composition data.

However, the collection of nutrient values from the literature and unpublished sources requires critical assessment of all available data. To accomplish such a task demands that the procedures used for analysis be carefully scrutinized. Knowledge on the nutrients and their functions in the human body is also of importance. A collection of short articles on nutrition information can be found in the accumulated set of nutrient information articles from Advances in Nutrition.  

 The diversity of analytical methods, the numbers of nutrients being assessed, and the various forms of the nutrients make this task quite difficult.

Work on describing proper analytical methods regarding components in foods has been carried out in connection with the European projects, EuroFIR Nexus and TDS-EXPOSURE. The result is GAMA - Guidelines for Assessment of Methods of Analysis, a wiki formerly hosted by the Helsinki University.
The present wiki is currently hosted on the EuroFIR/Metrofood/TDSExposure site (Metrofood Wiki)

 GAMA - Guidelines for Assessment of Methods of Analysis - Nutrients

The EuroFIR GAMA - Guidelines for Assessment of Methods of Analysis contains description on proper methods to be used in the analysis of nutrients and contaminants.
Currently, the following information for vitamins is available:

   Water-soluble vitamins:

    Fat-soluble vitamins:





First Albanian food composition tables (2022).

First Albanian food composition tables (2022) published with assistance from NPPC-VÚP in the frame of the Slovak Republic Official Development Support Programme.
Download here.
Swedish food composition database updated.

New version of the Swedish food composition database with updated nutritional values for several food groups and new foods and iodine values added. See the Swedish Food Agency's website.
First edition of the Kyrgyz Food Composition Table.

Kyrgyzstan has released their first national food composition table. For more information, see the EuroFIR website.
2021 Release of the New Zealand Food Composition Database.

The 2021 update of New Zealand food composition database (NZFCD) released online on 31st March 2022. For more information, see the EuroFIR website.