Food composition

Food composition data are essential for calculating nutrient intake from consumption data in different European countries and age groups.

The food composition database gives information on the amount of vitamins and minerals contained in different foods.

Data are provided for seven EU countries – Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, and United Kingdom. Vitamins and minerals included are calcium; copper; cobalamin; magnesium; niacin; phosphorus; potassium; riboflavin; thiamin; iron; selenium; vitamin B6; vitamin E; vitamin k; zinc.

These data are used by EFSA experts to establish dietary reference values – the complete set of nutrient recommendations and reference values, such as population reference intakes, the average requirement, adequate intake level and the lower threshold intake.