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Nutrient Data System Enhanced in Hong Kong
    2007-06-08 14:53:14     CRIENGLISH.com
Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety has enhanced its nutrient information inquiry system, providing nutrition information on 18 parameters of more than 4,300 food items.

A food nutrient calculator has been added to the system to help people make healthy food choices.

The average nutrient quantity of food intake can be obtained by selecting the food items and entering the consumption amount into the calculator.

Meanwhile, the centre released the results of its study on nutrients of fruit and vegetables commonly found in Hong Kong.

It covered 82 types of fruit and vegetables, with 49 being sampled from local retail markets.

It found that fruit and vegetables are major sources of dietary fiber and vitamin C, and are free of cholesterol.

Their energy values and other nutrients such as sodium and fat contents were low in general.

The centre's consultant Dr Ho Yuk-yin said the energy values in vegetables are low in general, averaging 26 calories per 100g.

Liang Tao, CRI News, Hong Kong.
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