The composition of food is given per 100 grams of edible matter, except for alcoholic beverages, for which the composition is per 100 millilitres.

Definitions and explanations of the data included in the database are reported in the following sections.

The present database version includes both updated data 2015 and old versions data 2008 and 1998 (Salvini et al., 1998). The databases mainly differ for the different number of food components and for some difference in the coding and presentation of data. These differences are reported in each section.

Exceptions to the definitions reported below are reported in the food forms. We apologise in advance for any possible omission users may find.