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Here’s a great data source for food and nutrition facts.

24 Aug

I stumbled across this earlier this food nutrient data set earlier this week: http://ashleyw.co.uk/project/food-nutrient-database.  What the author, Ashley, did was take food nutrient data from the US Department of Agriculture and make some sense of it.

It’s available as a free download on his site.  The data set comes as a single JSON file, so may be a bit hard to parse.

In this data set, there are…

  • 6,636 unique foods
  • 375,176 nutrient figures
  • 94 unique nutrients across all foods

What you can do with this data is create a food nutrients site of 6-7 thousand pages (easily).  It would act as a great, value-added companion to a health site (e.g. food blog, fitness blog, recipes site). 

This kind of data is great for a number of reasons…

  • It caters very well to long tail searches (e.g. “Vitamin E content in Red Bull” or something random like that).
  • It’s providing quality, useful information to visitors.
  • Lastly, it correlates to high paying ads (since it’s in the area of food and health).

Over the next few days, I will be playing around with this data and try to turn it into a site.

dave

3 Responses to “Here’s a great data source for food and nutrition facts.”

  1. Ashley Williams October 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Hey Dave,

    Glad you like my database…and I hope you find a way to make some money from it. ;)

    I’ve just updated it to include more portion data, which may be of use to you.

    — Ashley

    • dave October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

      Thanks, Ashley! Will let you know if I do.

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