What kind of foods does the plant-based food database include?

We have nutrient data for foods in the following categories:

  • Dry Beans, Peas, Other Legumes, Nuts and Seeds
  •       Legumes
  •       Nuts and Nut Mixtures
  •       Seeds and Seed Mixtures
  • Grain Products
  •       Yeast Breads, Rolls
  •       Quick Breads
  •       Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Pastries
  •       Crackers and Salty Snacks
  •       Pancakes, Waffles, Other Grain Products
  •       Pastas, Cooked Cereals, Rice
  •       Other Cereals
  • Fruits
  •       Citrus Fruits, Juices
  •       Dried Fruits
  •       Other Fruits
  •       Non-Citrus Juices and Nectars
  • Vegetables
  •       White Potatoes and Starchy Vegetables
  •       Dark Green Vegetables
  •       Deep Yellow Vegetables
  •       Tomatoes and Tomato Mixtures
  •       Other Vegetables
  • Oils and Salad Dressings
  •       Fats
  •       Oils
  •       Salad Dressings
  • Sugars, Sweets and Beverages
  •       Sugars and Sweets
  •       Nonalcoholic Beverages
  •       Alcoholic Beverages

What nutrients does the database analyze?

Besides the nutrients of special consideration in a vegan diet: calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and protein which are displayed on the main table, when the Charts button is clicked for a food item, charts evaluating the content of other minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and copper) and vitamins (vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, folate, niacim, riboflavin, thiamin, etc.) are displayed. In addition, information about fiber, sugars, cholesterol, and saturated fat is provided when the cursor hovers on the doughnut (top) chart which shows percentages of calorie from macronutrients (fat, protein, carb) of a food item.

What does the background color below the Charts button indicate?

All food items are color coded based on their protein contents: Red for Low Protein, Green for High Protein and Yellow for Medium Protein content with gradual gradation between Protein levels.
This means, for example, among the low protein foods, those with higher protein ratings will be less red and more yellow. Similarly with high protein foods, those with higher protein content are coded with greener color.

How do I find a particular food?

There are 2 ways to locate a food:

  • Search for food by name: food name can be entered fully or partially and in any order. For example, to locate orange juice, you can enter 'orang jui' or 'juice orange', or any other variations in the edit control then hit the Return key.
  • Browse a particular food group by selecting a group in the drop down listbox. Such as selecting the Citrus Fruits, Juices category.

When multiple food items are listed, you can click on the column headers (Food Name, Iron, Calcium, etc.) to sort food by name or by nutrient content. Reverse the sort order by clicking the same column header again.

What info does the Calorie Chart show?

The Calorie doughnut chart shows relative contributions to total calories from carbohydrate, protein and fat (and alcohol, if exists).
If selected food item is very high (top 20%) in saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, fiber or protein, this info is shown when the mouse cursor hovers on this chart.

What info do the Mineral and Vitamin Charts provide?

  • The Mineral chart shows mineral content data for calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.
    For each mineral, the higher its bubble, the greater its mineral content in comparison with that of all other foods in the database. And the bigger the bubble, the greater the mineral's content in comparison with the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances from the National Research Council).
  • The Vitamin chart shows vitamin content data for vitamin A, vitamin B 6, vitamin B 12, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate and niacin.
    In addition to the above vitamins, when selected food item has very high (top 20%) content of vitamin K, thiamin and riboflavin, this info is displayed when the mouse cursor hovers over the chart.

What are the nutrients' measurement units?

Protein is in g. Iron, Calcium and Zinc are in mg. And Vitamin B12 in mcg. All nutrient measurements are calculated per 100g of food.