I cook my breakfast from several raw ingredients (about 12) and was trying to come up with caloric and nutritional content for the same, for few ingredients I could get details on Wikipedia, a bit of google brings few other sites, though I am wondering is there a comprehensive listing of most known edible items, what is the best site for that?

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    Do the sites that typically come up on Google for queries of the form "(food) nutrition" (e.g. nutritiondata.self.com) not satisfy your needs? – Cascabel Apr 3 '12 at 4:59
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    To me, this looks like a poll. Close votes anyone, or do you people think it can be answered objectively? – rumtscho Apr 3 '12 at 9:35
  • @Jefromi no sites like nutritiondata.self.com doesn't have information for many ingredients – Anurag Uniyal Apr 3 '12 at 15:01
  • @rumtscho It can be answered objectively by providing a site which gives comprehensive listing of ingredients (is such site exists) – Anurag Uniyal Apr 3 '12 at 15:02
  • @AnuragUniyal what do you call "comprehensive"? I doubt that it is possible to make a site which includes everything which has ever been eaten, it will always only have a list of common ingredients - but what is common varies across the world. And how about other quality criteria beside completeness? On a side note, which ingredients did you miss on nutrition data? AFAIK, they include the complete USDA database on food (they are practically a frontend for it). – rumtscho Apr 3 '12 at 15:14

I have been searching for it for day and I think best database available is @ http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/list, though search is not as good, I couldn't find some items which I could find after downloading their database.

It also has a downloadable database available

Plus have a desktop app

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you might want to give the recipe analyzer over at calorie counter a try.


Input ingredients and quantities and it will calculate nutritional info. It is a bit rough around the edges and you will probably have to tweak it, but it's a start. :)

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