Food Databanks National Capability extended dataset based on PHE's McCance and Widdowson's Composition of Foods Integrated Dataset

Search the nutrient composition of the 3,200 most commonly eaten foods and recipes dishes in the UK

The dataset is presented in this website for general interest and quick searches. If you need to make more detailed searches and reports, please use the full dataset.

Where have these values come from?

The nutrient values come from the UK food composition tables (McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods), a dataset containing the nutrient content of the UK food supply that is managed and maintained by Food Databanks National Capability, Quadram Institute. Public Health England carries out ongoing nutrient analysis surveys to provide up-to-date information on food; the results of these surveys are incorporated into the dataset. The dataset has a variety of different users, including Public Health England’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey

History of food composition data in the UK

Nutrient data were collected by Captain Pilmmer in the First World War to help with the nutrition of soldiers and for rationing purposes. In 1925, Robert McCance, a medical student interested in diabetics at King’s College Hospital, received a grant to analyse available carbohydrates in fruit and vegetables. Pilmmer’s data only included carbohydrates by difference and did not distinguish between available and unavailable carbohydrate. McCance later worked with Elsie Widdowson, which lead to the first edition of The Composition of Foods book, published in 1940. To date, seven summary editions, ten supplements and two versions of the online dataset have been published.

Useful search information

  • Brands are not generally included in the dataset so search using generic food names, e.g. search for cornflakes not Kelloggs
  • Click on each food name to see additional nutrient values
  • Some values for a food may have been calculated or taken from other sources. This information is provided in the comments column
  • Although values in this dataset have been derived from analyses of composite samples, representative of each food available, it is important to appreciate that the composition of any individual sample may differ considerably from this due to analytical, natural  and extrinsic variation/differences
  • ‘N’ represents that a nutrient is present in significant quantities but there is no reliable information on the amount
  • ‘Tr’ represents that trace amounts of the nutrient is present