Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Food Composition


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What is the nutrient composition of foods and non-alcoholic beverages?

A food supply that delivers energy-dense products with high levels of salt, saturated fats and trans fats, in large portion sizes, is a major cause of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The INFORMAS monitoring approach seeks to systematically collect information on high-level contextual factors influencing food composition and assess the energy density, salt, saturated fat, trans fats and portion sizes of highly processed foods for sale in retail outlets (with a focus on supermarkets and quick-service restaurants).

Regular surveys of food composition are proposed across geographies and over time using a pragmatic, standardised methodology.


Module leader is Professor Bruce Neal


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Senior Director, Food Policy Division
Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health
The George Institute for Global Health 
Camperdown, NSW
Email: Professor Bruce Neal

Relevant paper

Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply (pages 49–58) B. Neal, G. Sacks, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, E. Dunford, W. Snowdon, J. Webster, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L'Abbé, A. Lee, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, M. Rayner, D. Sanders, C. Walker and INFORMAS

Read the INFORMAS paper online here