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close this book Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective (1987)
close this folder Experiences with food composition data: the context
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View the document Growing need for and availability of information on components of foods
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Introduction

Introduction

Nutrient and food component data constitute a key and significant proportion of the body of knowledge required to understand the role played by the nutritional environment in human health and welfare. These data - their quality, quantity, and accessibility - constitute an essential resource for nutrition and food scientists and the various health professionals concerned with food supply and its implications for the well-being of individuals and populations at large. The data are generated and utilized by the international community of food and nutrition scientists, and thus it is essential that the continued development of this cumulative resource proceed in a way that promotes its maximum and effective exploitation for the resolution of nutrition and food-related problems both in this hemisphere and throughout the globe.