Online nutrient databases for KSU Human Nutrition Flexbook

The Kansas State University Human Nutrition Flexbook was authored by Brian Lindshield, professor of Nutritional Sciences at KSU's College of Human Ecology.

Besides being one of the most widely used textbooks in nutrition, thanks to the MOOCs that recommend it, Prof. Lindshield's Human Nutrition Flexbook is, in our opinion, one of the best textbooks in nutritional sciences.

Prof. Lindshield has generously released the flexbook into the public domain. The flexbook can be accessed as described below:

We have prepared a companion set of online nutrient databases for many topics in the flexbook. Links to the nutrient databases have been added to the flexbook's Table of Content. Clicking on a link will take you to the relevant nutrient databases.

Why Our Nutrient Databases?

There are many excellent online nutrient analyzers. However, their UIs are not conducive to efficient researching as is the case when one is studying nutrition.

For example, at other sites, nutrient data for any food are usually presented all at once whether requested or not. A student who wants to see cholesterol content of a food will also be shown data on vitamin C and potassium and many unrelated data. Our nutrient analyzer shows only cholesterol content of a food plus an interesting index comparing its cholesterol content to that in egg. See example here: Cholesterol Content of Foods.

In addition, it's most often impossible, using other online databases, to compare a particular nutrient content of foods within a food group. Because other sites frequently show the nutrient data for only one food at a time! On the other hand, using our Potassium Content of Foods for example, you can select a food category, such as Nut and Seed Products, and click on a table header to sort foods by potasium content. By the way, our potassium counter also offers an interesting and useful index that compares a food's potassium content to that of banana.

Similarly, you can search and compare the lactose content of foods containing 'cheese' in their names using our database. It's unlikely that other nutrient databases offer this feature.

Having said that, we also offer the latest version of the USDA Food and Nutrient Database where you can choose any or all of the 40 nutrient data for analysis. This is a flexibility unavailable elsewhere.

Unique Features

Another important feature of our databases is that we provide nutrition data that are rarely available at other sites: Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load of 3,000+ Foods, Potential Renal Acid Load of 8,000+ Foods for low-acid diet, Iodine Content of 1,000+ Foods, Omega-3 Food Sources, etc.

Finally, in addition to the national nutrient databases from Australia, Canada (in English and French), Denmark (in Danish), France, Sweden (in Swedish), Switzerland (in German, French and Italian), the United Kingdom, etc., we have translated our databases into several other languages: Croatian, Czech, Greek, Italian, etc.

Access the Annotated Table of Content

To access the annotated KSU Human Nutrition Flexbook's Table of Content, use the following link: