McCance and Widdowson’s 'composition of foods integrated dataset' on the nutrient content of the UK food supply.
Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for maintaining up-to-date data on the nutrient content of the UK food supply in order to support the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, and funds a programme of nutrient analysis of foods commonly consumed in the UK.
The ‘Composition of Foods Integrated Dataset’ (CoFID) was first published in 2008, and brought together for the first time all the available data in electronic format as a single, consolidated, dataset. This version (2015) is an update of the original publication, and includes all the new and recently reviewed data.
Some foods that were included in the 2008 CoFID have not been reviewed or validated in the 2015 update, and those foods are published separately in a file containing data for ‘old’ foods. These data can be used in addition to the 2015 dataset, but users should be aware that the values for some nutrients may not represent those foods as currently consumed.
The CoFID lists analytical nutrient data for 2,898 foods, with a further 393 in the ‘old foods’ file. The data are divided across 13 worksheets, and include nutrient data for:
- vitamin fractions
- fatty acid fractions
- organic acids