New in FoodWorks 8 Professional

The new FoodWorks 8 Professional has these major new features:

  • Food pattern analysis for Australian foods
  • New and updated food composition data
  • Complete range of nutrient analyses for AusBrands food products
  • Enhanced integration with our free iPhone app, Easy Diet Diary

Food pattern analysis

Explore your diets and recipes by the food groups they contain.

FoodWorks 8 includes food group data for the current Australian data sources, AUSNUT 2011-13, AusFoods 2015 and AusBrands 2015.

View 5 major food groups and 28 subgroups, as well as oils, solid fats, added sugars and alcoholic drinks.

See the number of serves of the basic food groups (e.g. vegetables), and drill down into the subgroups (e.g. dark green vegetables). View added sugars as teaspoons or kilojoules, oils and solid fats as teaspoons, and alcohol as standard drinks.

Composite foods and recipes (e.g. donuts, lasagne) are allocated to food groups according to their ingredients.

Our food group system is largely based on the approach taken for the USDA Food Patterns Equivalents Database, which we have adapted for use in the Australian context. We have attempted to broadly align our system with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE).

New and updated food composition data

Select foods from the most up-to-date sources. FoodWorks 8 includes these new and updated data sources:

  • AUSNUT 2011-13 (released 2014): Contains 51 nutrient values for 5 740 Australian foods and beverages.
    New nutrients include eicosapentaenoic (EPA), docosapentaenoic (DPA) and docosahexaenoic acids (DHA) and total trans fatty acids, ash, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and selenium. AUSNUT is developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
  • AusFoods 2015: Contains over 13 000 food descriptions, all linked to foods in the latest AUSNUT.

    AusFoods organises food names into a logical, intuitive hierarchy, making it easier to find the food you are looking for when you are entering diets, recipes and meal plans. Each food description has been linked to a suitable food in AUSNUT 2011-13. As a result, AusFoods contains values for 51 nutrients. You can think of AusFoods as a friendly, expanded "wrapper" to AUSNUT. AusFoods is developed by Xyris Software.

  • AusBrands 2015: Contains over 38 000 commercial foods available in Australian supermarkets.
    Each food product has been linked to suitable generic food in AusFoods 2015 to impute values for the full 51 micronutrients available in AUSNUT 2011-13.
    The data is up-to-the-minute and continues to be updated. AusBrands is developed by Xyris Software.
  • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27: Contains data on 7 906 food items and up to 146 food components, and the major source of food composition data in the United States.
    This database is developed by the US Department of Agriculture.
  • FOODfiles 2014: Contains 2 574 foods for New Zealand users.
    FOODfiles is developed by The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited and the Ministry of Health (New Zealand).
  • Specialised product data: Additional up-to-date product data from Nutricia, Aspen Nutritionals, Nutricia Early Life Nutrition, Nestle Baby Products and Vitaflo.

Enhanced integration with Easy Diet Diary

Your clients can send you their diet diaries from our iPhone app Easy Diet Diary. When you open their diary in FoodWorks 8, you can explore their intake with the full power of FoodWorks analyses, including the new food groups.

Other improvements to integration with Easy Diet Diary include:

  • The most popular brand name foods now have the full range of nutrients, making it easier to analyse your clients' diaries.
  • Your clients' personal details are automatically imported along with their food intake.
  • Any exercise activities recorded in the diary are shown.
  • Recipes are shown with their ingredients.

Other new features and enhancements

FoodWorks 8 has an updated look and feel, and other enhancements to make your work easier, including:

  • Improved design of the Analysis Pane.
  • A new Show Sources button in the Analysis Pane to display the foods or ingredients that are sources of a nutrient in a diet or recipe.
  • Weight and Energy columns always displayed in the foods or ingredients grid.
  • Simple printed reports available, with options to define the content and add your own header text.
  • An easier way to choose the right type of database for your purpose when you are creating a new database.
  • Simplified steps for publishing a database as a data source.
  • Improvements to the Database Properties dialog to make it easier to configure your database.
  • Updated web-based help and a brand new FoodWorks support site.


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