What's New in FoodWorks 9 Professional

The new FoodWorks 9 Professional has these major new features:

  • New and updated food composition data
  • New nutrients/components, including salicylates, amines and glutamate (SAG) for food intolerance
  • Enhanced integration with our free iPhone app, Easy Diet Diary
  • Advanced: Control over the nutrient data displayed for brand name foods
  • New service: Get the analyses for a database currently using AUSNUT 2007 updated to AUSNUT 2011-13.

New and updated food composition data

AusFoods 2017

AusFoods is our generic foods database containing over 13,000 food descriptions. AusFoods organises food names into a logical, intuitive hierarchy, making it easier to find the food you are looking for.

You can think of AusFoods as a friendly, expanded "wrapper" to AUSNUT 2011-13, which itself contains 5,740 foods and beverages and 53 nutrients/components. Each of the food descriptions in AusFoods has been mapped to a suitable match in AUSNUT 2011-13 to provide values for the 53 nutrients/components. 

AusFoods 2017 also has extra nutrients/components. Here's what's new:

  • Food intolerances data: salicylates, amines and glutamate (SAG) - provided by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit.
  • Additional data for added sugars and free sugars - imputed from updates to AUSNUT 2011-13 provided by FSANZ in April 2016.
  • Anthocyanin and grams of wholegrain - imputed from values for AUSNUT 2011-13 provided by the University of Wollongong. 
  • Other minor updates and improvements.

See 'New nutrients/components' below for more detail.

AusFoods is developed by Xyris Software.

AusBrands 2017

AusBrands is our brand names database that provides FoodWorks with over 38,000 commercial food products available in Australian supermarkets and elsewhere.  Each of these food products has been mapped to a suitable generic food in AusFoods to impute values for AUSNUT nutrients and components. 

Here's what's new in AusBrands 2017:

  • Thousands of new and updated food products
  • Food intolerances data: salicylatesamines and glutamate (SAG) - provided by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit.
  • Imputed values for the new nutrients/components in AusFoods 2017 - anthocyanin, grams of wholegrain, added sugars and free sugars. NOTE: As these values are imputed from extensions made to AUSNUT they may not be correct. Please use and interpret this data with caution.
  • Various refinements and corrections

Also, you can now control exactly what nutrient data you display. See 'Advanced: Control over nutrient data displayed for brand name foods' below.

AusBrands is developed by Xyris Software.

FOODfiles 2016 (released April 2017)

FOODfiles represents the largest and most comprehensive collection of nutrient data in New Zealand (the New Zealand Food Composition Database). FOODfiles 2016 contains nutrient information on 2,631 foods including carbohydrate, protein, fat, cholesterol, caffeine, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fibre, moisture and ash. 

In FoodWorks 9, the FOODfiles data source offers up to 142 nutrients/components (including Vitamin D2 and D3) for 2,631 foods.

More detail about FOODfiles can be found here.

The New Zealand Food Composition Database is jointly owned by The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited and the Ministry of Health. 

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (Release 28)

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is the major source of food composition data in the United States.

In FoodWorks 9, the USDA Release 28 (SR28) data source contains data on 8,790 food items, with 110 nutrients/components available for these foods, including Vitamin D2 and D3.

More detail about SR28 can be found here.

REFERENCE: US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28. Version Current:  September 2015, slightly revised May 2016.

Other new and updated data

  • Updated Nestle data for special nutrition
  • Updated Abbott Nutrition data for special nutrition
  • Australian Historical Food Tables - a compilation from 1940 to 2007 provided by the University of Wollongong

More information

Here are the citations for these data sources.

New nutrients/components

Data for chemical food intolerance - Salicylates, amines and glutamate (SAG)

Chemicals involved in food intolerance are found in many different foods. The naturally occurring substances most likely to trigger reactions for sensitive individuals are salicylates, amines and glutamate (SAG).

In FoodWorks 9 you can see the SAG content for over 13,000 foods in the AusFoods data source, as well as the SAG level for many branded products. 

The SAG data for AusFoods 2017 has been provided by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit in Sydney.  

Added and free sugars

In April 2016, Food Standards Australia New Zealand updated AUSNUT 2011-13 to include additional data for added sugars and free sugars. These additional nutrients/components have been included in AusFoods 2017 and AusBrands 2017.

Added sugars include added forms of dextrose, fructose, sucrose, lactose, sugar syrups and fruit syrups. Free sugars include all sugars defined as Added sugars plus the sugar component of honey, fruit juice and fruit juice concentrates.

More information on the added and free sugar data in AUSNUT

NOTE: In FoodWorks 9, by default you will not see these nutrients. To use them, enable them in the Database Properties dialog.


These new nutrients/components are also available for AUSNUT 2011-13:

  • Anthocyanin
  • Grams of wholegrain

This data is provided by the University of Wollongong and included in FoodWorks under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

NOTE: In FoodWorks 9, by default you will not see these nutrients. To use them, enable them in the Database Properties dialog.


Updated NRVs for sodium

Sodium was identified as a priority for review given the relationship between sodium intake and blood pressure. In July 2017, NHMRC approved revisions to the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for sodium. FoodWorks 9 incorporates this update.


Enhanced integration with mobile app, Easy Diet Diary

Your clients can send you their food diaries from our free iPhone app, Easy Diet Diary. When you open their diary in FoodWorks 9, you can explore your client's intake with the full power of FoodWorks analyses.

Due to the new data in FoodWorks 9, and other enhancements, experience a much smoother import of your clients' diaries - less red and fewer adjustments to make.

Advanced: Control over the nutrient data displayed for brand name foods

For all the AusBrands foods that are linked to AusFoods, FoodWorks can show you extended, imputed nutrient analyses beyond the nutrients that are shown on the product label.

For each commercial food product, you can now control the mix of nutrient data drawn from the nutrition information panel (NIP) on the label and from AusFoods.

You can choose to see:

  • The full range of nutrients imputed from AusFoods, except for sodium, which is drawn from the NIP. 
    NOTE: This how AusBrands data was presented in FoodWorks 8.
  • The nutrient data from the NIP plus the imputed nutrients from AusFoods, thus merging the NIP and generic data.
  • Just the nutrient data from the NIP.
  • The full range of imputed nutrients from AusFoods (with no data from the NIP).

New service: Re-analyse your data with AUSNUT 2011-13

Do you have a database that is analysed using AUSNUT 2007 as its primary data source?

Thanks to the inclusion of a matching file provided by the University of Wollongong, we can now update your data for you, re-analysing your diets and recipes using AUSNUT 2011-13 

Contact us to have your AUSNUT 2007 data updated to AUSNUT 2011-13.


Take advantage of the new features and data

Got the new FoodWorks 9 Professional? Here's how to take advantage of what's new.






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