Healthier living through food composition and dietary intake research

The Food Databanks National Capability (FDNC) is instrumental in the compilation, interpretation and effective use of food composition data in the United Kingdom that enables the public to make informed decisions about diet and encourages them to choose healthy and nutritious foods.

Over a 38-year period, strategic investment from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has underpinned the sustained development of scientific expertise in food composition research that is maintained by the FDNC at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB).

The FDNC has played a critical role in generating the data and tools necessary to support innovation in food manufacturing and labelling, standardisation, has been indispensable in developing government policy aimed at reducing diet-related diseases and is also highly valued by doctors, dietitians, researchers and nutritionists who use it to develop therapeutic diets for people who need to carefully manage their nutrient intake for medical reasons.

Our food composition research timeline can be downloaded here.

The new UK Composition of Foods Integrated Dataset (CoFID) searchable website is available here.

*QIB receives strategic funding from BBSRC. Before 2017, QIB was known as the Institute of Food Research (IFR).