Research and analysis

Nutrient analysis of processed foods (including trans fats)

This survey provides information on the nutrient data composition for processed foods, including trans fats.

Applies to England


Nutrient Analysis of a Range of Processed Foods with Particular Reference to Trans Fatty Acids: Data

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This survey analysed the nutrition composition of a range of processed foods, including pizza, garlic bread, breakfast cereals, quiche, fat spreads, a range of fish and meat products (retail and takeaway), chips (retail and takeaway), savoury snacks, confectionery and ice cream. Samples were analysed for energy and a range of nutrients including fat, fatty acids, protein, carbohydrate, fibre and a full range of vitamins and minerals.

This revised report supersedes the earlier report and includes new data for micro-nutrients in all composites and new data for macro and micro-nutrients in three confectionery samples (composites 48, 52 and 53). In addition to the above, individual fatty acid data is published alongside this analytical report to correct data previously published for composite 55 (cream of tomato soup, canned).

The Department of Health carries out ongoing nutrient analysis surveys to provide up to date information on food, and monitor the nation’s diet. For example, we have also analysed the nutrient content of:

The results of this survey and similar surveys of food composition are incorporated into the department’s nutrient databanks used in dietary surveys to monitor the nation’s diet and published in McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods series.

Published 25 March 2013