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Welcome to the Food Composition Database for Epidemiological Studies in Italy (Banca Dati di Composizione degli Alimenti per Studi Epidemiologici in Italia – BDA). On this website you will find:

  • the list of food that can be consulted on-line (n = 978);
  • energy calculated including also fibre;
  • a flexible system to search data by food name, by food code, by food component, by food category;
  • the documentation concerning the food components;
  • an extensive list of references;
  • a review of works due to the BDA.

The food items included into the database are characterized by a symbol:

mela-2015-grande shows updated food composition data published in 2015. The updated food groups are: fresh fruit and berries, cooked or canned fruit, dried fruit and seeds, fruit flours and fruit juices and drinks. Within these food categories, the following food components have been added, compared to the version of the 1998: amino acids, some fatty acids (especially omega-3), simple sugars, minerals and trace elements (magnesium, copper, selenium, chlorine, iodine, manganese, sulfur), vitamins (pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, Vitamin K). Gorgonzola with walnuts was added to cheese category.
mela2008 shows updated food composition data published in 2008. The updated food groups are: milk and milk products; meat and fish (fresh and processed); alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; eggs; fats and oils. Within these food categories, the following food components have been added, compared to the version of the 1998: amino acids, some fatty acids (especially omega-3), simple sugars, minerals and trace elements (magnesium, copper, selenium, chlorine, iodine, manganese, sulfur), vitamins (pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B12).
mela1998 shows food composition data from the first version (1998) and currently under update (cereals, vegetables, legumes, sugar and confectionery, cakes and condiments).

The BDA working group:

  • is a member of the international non-profit association EuroFIR AISBL (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif), that originates from the European project EuroFIR (European Food Information Resource), a network of excellence focusing on food information resources.
  • coordinates NUTRIRETE.lab, a network to collect food composition data, produced by public and private laboratories developed as part of Work Package 4 (WP4) of the Operating Unit 4 (OU 4 – SIAGRO) of the QUALIFU project (Qualità Alimentare e Funzionale), funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MIPAAF) (M. D.2087/7303/09).

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