Querying foods (finding foods that are high or low in a nutrient)—Procedure 10

The following steps explain how to find foods in FoodChoices® that are high or low in a particular nutrient.

Follow these steps when completing Exercise 10.

  1. To start

    If you do not have FoodChoices® running, in the lower left corner of your screen, click Start, click All Programs, and click FoodChoices 2009.

  2. To open the Query Foods option

    On the toolbar, click Query.

    The Query view has two panes:

    The left pane is the Results Pane, showing the results of the search. It shows the following nutrient values:

    • per 100 g—the value per 100 g of the food or recipe
    • per 1 MJ—the value per the quantity of the food or recipe that contributes 1 MJ of energy
    • per 100 g DW—the nutrient value that corresponds to 100 g of the food or recipe where all the water has been removed (i.e dry weight basis)

    The right pane is an Analysis Pane that shows the individual analysis for any item you select in the Results Pane.


    You will see a full list of all the foods in the database. This enables you to search across a full range of foods for a food that is rich in a particular nutrient.

    Alternatively, you might want to select from a narrower range of foods. For example, you might wish to look only at the nutrient values of different breads, or of different milks, or different yoghurts. To do this, you will need to refine your search.

  3. To refine your search

    In the Search box (top left of the Results Pane), type part of the name of the foods or recipes you want to find. For example, if you type juice the search will be refined to all the foods that have ‘juice’ as part of their description.

    Note: When refining your search, the search will only refine in accordance with what is written in the descriptor of the food. So if you type fruit in the Find box, the foods generated are those with the word ‘fruit‘ in them—for example, fruit yoghurt, fruit drink. It will not include natural fruits such as apple or orange as these items do not have the word ‘fruit‘ in the descriptor. However, you could refine to find all different yoghurts by typing in ‘yoghurt, and so forth‘.

  4. To display the values for a specific nutrient for the foods selected

    In the Analysis Pane (on the right hand side of the screen), click the nutrient you wish to display. The nutrient values are displayed next to each of the foods in the Results Pane.

  5. To rank the items by nutrient

    In the Results Pane, click the title of the column by which you want to rank the items, for example, if per 100 g, click the 100 g column title. To reverse the order of the ranking (from ascending or descending, or vice versa), click the title of the column again.

  6. To examine all nutrients for any one food in the display

    You may wish to look at all nutrients in any one food in the display. To do this, click on the selector button to the left of the food and the nutrients for that food only will be shown in the Analysis Pane.

  7. To return to the FoodChoices® window

    Click Query on the toolbar.