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Food and Nutrition

Nutrient Data

Health Canada publishes two databases which list nutrient values in Canadian foods. The Canadian Nutrient File (CNF) is a comprehensive, computerized bilingual database that reports up to 150 nutrients in over 5807 foods. The database can help you find values for nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, energy, fat and many more, and is updated periodically. The CNF has an online, searchable database that allows Canadians to search the nutrient values for specific foods.

Search online for foods in the Canadian Nutrient File, version 2010

The CNF contains many recipes for which we can only guess the ingredient proportion. By developing the Canadian Nutrient File Recipe Proportions, we have attempted to quantify the ingredients in our CNF recipes.

The department also periodically produces the Nutrient Value of Some Common Foods(NVSCF) booklet to provide a portable reference of the most popular foods in the Canadian marketplace. This booklet lists 19 nutrients for 1000 of the most commonly consumed foods in Canada and has just been updated.

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