I'm looking for a free or paid food database, that fits my needs below. Does anyone have any leads?
As far as a food database goes, I think there are probably three tiers of abstraction that a food database could have (#1: Basic food ingredients, #2: Basic food Products, #3: Specific Branded and FDA Labeled Food Products). See below for an explanation of what I mean by each of these.
Every food database I've come across is of Abstraction Type #3 (Specific Branded Food Products). Does anyone know of any food database available that is of abstraction levels #1 or #2, as described below? I'm trying to ask users generally about their diets, and I don't want a database that deals with brands and measurements of food.
#1 Basic food ingredients (DESIRED)
something like "banana, apple, wheat, corn, rye, potato, high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, honey, milk, yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, bell pepper, jalepenos, kidney beans, green beans, navy beans"
In other words, it would be a combined list of:
-Dairy Products (milk, yogurt, butter)
-Refined Food Products (cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup)
-Spices & Herbs (salt, pepper, oregano)
#2 Basic food PRODUCTS (DESIRED)
this might look like: cereal, oatmeal, lasagna, pasta, hamburger, cheeseburger, salad, hot dog, apple juice, orange juice, tea, coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt, chow mein, chips, crackers, ...
#3 Specific BRANDED and FDA Labeled Food Products (NOT desired)
These would be foods that would look something like "Kroger's Raisin Bran (16 oz.), Lean Cuisine Meatball Lasagna (12 oz.)"
I want a food database that matches the descriptions of #1 above. If there's one that matches #2, that's pretty good too. But I definitely don't want a food database that matches #3.
Anyone have any links to such a food database? Or just a very long list of food on a website somewhere? Any leads appreciated!
Thanks in advance,