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close this book Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective (1987)
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Introduction

Introduction

Approximately 25 years ago, the first computerized food composition tables were used for dietary evaluation in epidemiological studies [8,21]. Computer processing of dietary data demonstrated improved comparability of data from different sources, easier application of new approaches to analysis and more efficient storage of data for future use [9]. Tremendous advances in computer hardware and software development, along with the burgeoning interest in food, diet, and health, have expanded the applications for food composition information far beyond those of 25 years ago.

The purpose of this paper is to describe a large nutrient data-base system and to document those activities involved in managing it to meet users' needs and expectations.