Food and Nutrition Database

Food & Nutrition Database
I'm a big fan of the nutrition analysis software by ESHA Research. The databases are well researched and documented, the programs are very easy to use, the reports are great and easily-exportable, and the support is outstanding. Many of the recipe and nutrition sites on the web that include a nutrition analysis function are powered by ESHA databases, so depending on what your project entails you might want to pursue that option with ESHA as well.
Karen C Duester, MS, RD
Food Consulting Company

ESHA's Food & Nutrition Database

The ESHA master food and nutrition database is composed of over 100,000 food items, with data from over 1,800 reputable sources. The data sources include the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS), the latest USDA Standard Reference database, manufacturer’s data, restaurant data, and data from literature sources. Each of our 172 nutritional components is individually sourced.

In addition, we provide several calculated fields, such as the percent calories from fat and niacin equivalents. Foods are grouped into detailed food categories and include diabetic exchange and MyPlate food group tags for quick and easy searching. Mathematical checks are run on the nutrient information before each update is released 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. The Genesis R&D database contains all items that are in the Food Processor database, plus nutritional data for chemicals and flavoring agents.

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