Food & Nutrition Database


ESHA's Food & Nutrition Database

The ESHA master food and nutrition database is composed of over 100,000 food items, with data from over 2,000 reputable sources. The data sources include the latest USDA Standard Reference database, the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS) manufacturer's data, restaurant data, and data from literature. Each of our 172 nutritional components is individually sourced.

In addition, we provide several calculated fields, such as percent calories from fat and niacin equivalents. We also group foods into detailed food categories and add diabetic exchanges and MyPlate food group information to database items. We run stricet mathematical checks on the nutrient information database before each update release to ensure data accuracy and integrity.

The nutritional databases that are shipped with our desktop software products are a custom subset of the ESHA master database. Both Genesis and Food Processor use the same foundation database. Where they differ, however, is that the Genesis database contains more processing and raw ingredients and the Food Processor database contains more common and prepared foods (such as those in the FNDDS).

For more information regarding the database, contact our Nutrition team at To make a submission to the database, please click here.

There are many Nutrition Database solutions on the market today which can make it difficult to select the right one for your business. This Nutrition Database eBook provides an overview of what to consider when comparing database solutions.

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