Entering data for a new food—Procedure 5

FoodChoices® enables you to add data for a new food to the database. This may be necessary if you wish to add data for:

  • a commercially prepared food that is not already in the database
  • a new food on the market
  • a new food that you develop in your role as researcher or food technology student.

The following steps explain how to enter data for a new food.

Follow these steps when completing Exercise 5.

  1. To start
    1. 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. You need to know the nutrient composition of the food, at least for the nutrients that are significant to you. If it is a commercially prepared food, the data may be available on the nutrition information panel on the food packaging.
  2. To create a new food
    1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Food. Click on the General tab.
    2. In the Name box, type the name of the food.
    3. Click the ellipsis (…) button beside the folder box to select the folder in which you want to save the food. If you want to create a new folder, type the name of the new folder, and then press OK.
    4. In the Description box, type a description of the food.Procedure5-Screen31

      General tabbed page for Campbell‘s Beef Consomme


  3. To enter the nutrient composition data
    1. In the open document, click the Nutrients tab. The first line indicates the weight of the food. The measure entered here will depend on the data that you have.
      • If the nutrition information panel provides the information per 100 grams, enter 100 for the weight of the product.
      • If the nutrition information panel provides the information per serve, enter the weight of one serve.
      • If the nutrition information panel provides the information for the whole packet, enter the weight of the contents.
    2. In the Value column, enter the value (that is, quantity) for each nutrient—check that you have the correct measure (for example, ‘g‘ for gram, ‘mg‘ for milligram). Procedure5-Screen32

      Nutrients tabbed page for Campbell‘s Beef Consomme


  4. To save the data for the new food

    Click Save on the Toolbar.

  5. To print the results

    See Procedure 8.

  6. To use the data for the new food

    Your food is automatically added to the list of foods from which to select. You can now use it in other work, such as a food diary, meal plan or recipe.


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