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Ingredients and Food Databases

Learn about the nutrition databases used and how to add new ingredients.
By Kim
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Import Foods and Ingredients using a CSV File

You can import hundreds of foods/ingredients into Foodzilla using a CSV file. To get started, download our CSV template file and fill in your food data following the format below. Prepare the CSV file Please note that the nutrition information must be entered for a 100-gram measurement. Number values can be zero, a decimal number, or a whole number. If the value of a nutrient is unknown, leave it empty. The following values are valid 🆗 : - 0 - 23.5 - 30 - 40.0 - 66.485 The following values are invalid 🔴 : - 0g - five - 32 grams The following table explains what each field does and the expected format in order to import foods correctly. Name is the only required field. Field Name Description Example Name The name of the food Acai Berries Energy_KCAL The total number of calories for a 100-gram measurement. 450 Water The total number of grams of water 6 TotalFat The total fat (measured in grams). 32.5 TotalProtein The total protein (measured in grams). 35 TotalFiber The total fiber (measured in grams). 5 TotalCarbs The total carbohydrates (measured in grams). 35 TotalStarch The total starch (measured in grams). TotalFiber The total fiber (measured in grams). TotalSaturatedFat The total saturated fatty acids (measured in grams). TotalTransFat The total trans fat (measured in grams). TotalMonoFat The total monounsaturated fat (measured in grams). TotalPolyFat The total Polyunsaturated (measured in grams). TotalCholesterol The total Cholesterol (measured in mg). TotalSugar The total natural sugar (measured in grams) TotalAddedSugar The total added sugar (measured in grams) TotalSodium The total Sodium (measured in mg). TotalCalcium The total Calcium (measured in mg). TotalMagnesium The total Magnesium (measured in mg). TotalIron The total Iron (measured in mg). TotalPotassium The total Potassium (measured in mg). TotalIodine The total Iodine (measured in µg). TotalSelenium The total Selenium (measured in µg). TotalZinc The total Zinc (measured in mg). TotalPhosphorus The total Phosphorus (measured in mg). TotalVitaminA The total Vitamin A (measured in µg). TotalVitaminC The total Vitamin A (measured in mg). TotalVitaminD The total Vitamin A (measured in µg). TotalVitaminB6 The total Vitamin B6 (measured in mg). TotalVitaminD The total Vitamin D (measured in µg). TotalVitaminB12 The total Vitamin B12 (measured in µg). TotalVitaminE The total Vitamin E (measured in mg). TotalVitaminK The total Vitamin K (measured in µg). TotalThiamin The total Thiamin (B1)(measured in mg). TotalRiboflavin The total Riboflavin (B2)(measured in mg). TotalNiacin The total Niacin (B3)(measured in mg). TotalFolate The total Folate (measured in µg). TotalFolateFood The total Folate (food)(measured in µg). Note: do not change the field names or add new ones. Import Foods Once the data is ready to be imported, go to the Food Data tab and click on the Import Foods button. After that, upload the CSV file you prepared earlier and click "Import Foods". Once the foods are imported, you will be notified with a popup to tell you how many foods have been imported and that you can view them from Food Data and select your database (your food database name matches your business name). That's it, you can import hundreds of foods this way in a matter of seconds. Contact our support team if you need help doing this.

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024

Searching Foods and Ingredients

With Foodzilla, you can easily find ingredients from different food composition databases using our search box in the "Food Data" tab. Available Databases Food Composition Databases We currently support the New Zealand food composition database provided by the Ministry of Health (last updated on the 1st of July 2019), the Australian food composition database, the United States food composition databases provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, FoodData Central, 2019, and the United Kingdom's food composition database provided by Public Health England. Food Suppliers Databases We currently support the Ceres Organics, Source Bulk Foods, Optifast, and GoodFor Whole Foods databases and more databases are coming soon. ​ Searching You can search for ingredients in a specific database or all databases. For example, searching for beans will return results from the Australia(FSANZ) database. In general, the US database is the most comprehensive database available right now. The NZ and AU databases will have NZ and AU-specific foods that are not common in the US for example. Our search does exact and partial matches, so whatever you're trying to find does not have to start with the keyword you're typing. This makes it easy for you to find things. Food / Ingredient Details Once you find the item you're looking for, you can click it to view its nutrition data. You can adjust the serving size and the nutrition data will be re-calculated automatically. If you're looking for an ingredient or a food that isn't in our database already, then you create a new ingredient. You can find more details on how to do it here.

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024

Ingredient Nutrition Details

Are you looking for nutritional information on specific ingredients? you've come to the right place. To get started, click on the Food Databases tab and start typing the name of the ingredient or food you're looking for. By default, we search all food databases apart from the US food database. For example, searching coconut oil shows the following results: Once you find the item you're looking for, you can click it to view its nutrition data. You can adjust the serving size and the nutrition data will be re-calculated automatically. Our search engine is extremely fast, results will appear almost instantly, and result items are highlighted to make it easier to find what you're looking for along with the source database the food/ingredient comes from. Searching the US Food Database To search for US-specific foods and ingredients, select the United States food database from the list and start typing. For example, searching for Apple Pie shows the following results: Available Databases We currently support the following national databases: NZ (last updated on 1st of July 2019), AU, US, and UK food composition databases. We also support the following Whole Foods supermarket databases: The Source Bulk (AU), Optifast (NZ), GoodFor (NZ), and Ceres Organics (NZ). More databases will be added based on request. Database Source We only use the food and ingredients databases provided by the Ministry of health of each country. We don't use outsourced data from unknown sources. We only use data provided by trusted authorities such as the Ministry of Health. We are continuously looking to add more databases to our product. Let us know if you have any suggestions. ​ Measurements and Accuracy Nutrition information is based on 100g/ml editable portions. This is the standard measurement for all foods in the databases we will be adding in the future as well. Some foods or ingredients may only have a gram measurement while others may have volume-based measurements as well such as cups and tablespoons. Item-based measurements such as a medium-sized egg, broccoli bunch, asparagus spears, and others are provided for some items depending on the nutrition database selected. We try our best to provide the most accurate measurements provided by the nutrition databases specified in the Database Source section. We do not estimate measurements at all and only provide what we get from the database sources.

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024