In order to develop the nutrient facts displayed on this website, I will be be using what is referred to as Database Nutrient Analysis. Database Nutrient Analysis relies on published nutrition information, including the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, and information from food manufacturers and other sources.
The alternative is to send samples of the food item to a laboratory for analysis. This is done primarly by food manufacturers, but is typically too expensive for foodservice operations and anyone else doing a lot of recipe development.
I have been working in the area of Database Nutrient Analysis for the last decade, and have over 10 years experience in foodservice and nutrition. In this blog I will be discussing my process for developing these values, the tools I use, and the challenges I encounter.
When I firstsed started planning this blog, I thought I would be ready to start posting content very quickly. It turns out that there was a lot more work for me to do than I originally realized. I am planning to do a series on hummus, starting with a very basic hummus recipe and then providing a number of variations to demonstrate different cooking techniques and how the nutrition values are or are not altered.
So far, I’ve done some really good test kitchen work on the hummus recipe and ran into a significant need to work on formatting and tooling for the recipes and nutrition information. I hope to resolve both issues shortly and then begin posting the series. I’m hopeful to also further develop the blog so that I can talk about the process of recipe development and nutritional analysis withou having it right on the front page.
Due to my work schedule, I won’t have a lot of time to work on things this week, I hope to have the first recipe in the series posted up early next week.