Know your foodstuffs

May 20, 2010

They are so ubiquitous now, it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t have these little indecipherable blobs on our food packaging. Believe it or not, these ‘Nutrition Facts’ Labels were not required in the US until May 8, 1994. Ok, I guess that’s been over 15 years, but it sure seems like longer than that to me.

What I have found recently, though, is there are a number of web sites that have obtained the FDA database and allow for you to enter a food item (packaged or not) and get the relevant macronutrient and vitamin/mineral breakdown for that item.

Let’s say, for example, you wanted to know about those ‘country ribs’ you at a couple of evenings ago (man, they were good). You could guess, or you could go to the NutritionData.com site and get the real skinny (ok, there was a lot of good-tasting fat in those country ribs, but they’re keeping me skinny).

So you go to the site, an you enter ‘country ribs’ in the search. You might get this:

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… a list of many of the possible ways you might prepare and eat such a dish.

Then you pick one of the choices (in my case, it was ‘Pork, fresh, loin, country-style ribs, separable lean and fat, cooked, roasted’

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… you get the whole nutrition table, breakdown of carbs/fat/protein and a bunch of other stuff.

There are other sites out there too. Will collect a few up in a subsequent post.

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