The accuracy of Canadian Nutrient File data for reporting phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and protein in selected meat, poultry, and fish products
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The Canadian Nutrient File (CNF) is a comprehensive food composition database containing composite values of the nutrient content of chemically analyzed foods (Health Canada 2015). Health care professionals often use the CNF as a reference for assessing dietary intake and monitoring population-wide nutrition programs, public health decision-making, and menu planning for vulnerable groups, such as people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) (Health Canada 2015). Because the CNF is largely based on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient database and is infrequently updated to reflect differences specific to the Canadian food supply, the CNF nutrient values may not reflect foods sold in the Canadian marketplace (Csizmadi et al. 2007). We therefore examined whether the nutrient content obtained from chemical analyses of selected meat, poultry, and fish products (MPF) was comparable to the nutrient data in the 2015 CNF.
From a recent patient survey, we identified...
The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of France Cho, PhD, from Maxxam Analytics who provided technical support and guidance on the chemical analysis of the food products.
This work was supported by a research grant from the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research.
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