• Sabrina Wertzner

Food Diversity


I want to understand why food suffers from such a limitation. Why is the richness of our country - and of the world - no longer respected when choosing or prescribing a balanced diet? Worse: why healthcare professionals - usually a dietitian, endocrinologist, or any other person - find it difficult to understand each other's culture and prescribe a limited list, often made up of fad foods or pre-established diets, simply by highlighting a leaf a ready diet of the notebook that stays in the drawer???

Our country is very rich! Both in regional and food culture. We have a fertile soil that, when well treated, is the cradle of countless species.


Recently, the sixth version of the Brazilian Table of Food Composition (TBCA) was launched. TBCA was the first online table of the Latin American genre and is currently the most comprehensive in Brazil. In it, is present the nutritional composition of 1,900 foods, including raw and cooked, manufactured products and compound dishes.

If we want to explore other cultures, we can travel without leaving home: just use online search engines and access the USDA Table of Food Composition to match dietary planning to the desired culture, required energy intake and macro and micronutrients. There are over 224,300 food, including raw, cooked, industrialized and prepared.

That is: you no longer has an excuse to continue with the monotony of food.

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Tabela Brasileira de Composição de Alimentos (TBCA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Food Research Center (FoRC). Versão 6.0. São Paulo, 2017. [Acesso em: 29/10/2017]. Disponível em: http://www.fcf.usp.br/tbca/

USDA Food Composition Databases. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. EUA, 2017. [Acesso em: 29/10/2017]. Disponível em: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list

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