WASHINGTON – Got a craving for more details about your favorite food than the ones printed on the package label?
A website launched on Thursday by the U.S. Agriculture Department tries to satisfy that hunger with a breakdown of dozens of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and calories, for more than 6,000 foods.
The database lists 117 nutrient categories for each food, including tryptophan, retinol, glycine and others that are not typically included on food package labels.
The data was collected from USDA researchers, food industry sources and other scientists.
Consumers can look up their favorite foods ranging from cheese crackers to chicken patties, choose a serving size, and see details about the 117 nutrients.
The USDA said the food database includes brand-name breakfast cereals, candies and even ostrich and emu meat.
The Web site is at: http://www. nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/SR15/sr15.html