When dealing with food composition data, it is an advantage to have certain background information and knowledge about them. This will help users in the correct use of food composition data and databases (FCDBs).
Therefore, in this section, valuable background information regarding food composition data and FCDBs is presented, including an outline on what FCDBs are and what kind of information they usually provide, a short description of how food data is obtained (including steps in the process from generating data to incorporating them into a database), as well as an outline on the need and establishment of food classification and description systems.
Further, uses and users of food composition data and databases are described. This section also provides access to food composition-related scientific articles, reports, posters and other documents related to food composition.