NUBEL is a private-public non-profit initiative that gathers data on the nutritional composition of food products and makes them accessible to the public (consumers, authorities, stakeholders etc.).
As one of the founding and financing partners of the project, the Belgian Food Federation (FEVIA) is promoting the activities of NUBEL and encourages its members to transmit food composition data to be included in the NUBEL database.
As of today, 7,771 products have been included in the database, providing important information for a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle to the broad range of NUBEL’s target groups, including consumers, schools, health professionals, industry and government. The data are also intended to be used in scientific studies and analyses.
While NUBEL has already reached a wide audience (the total number of individual users and secondary schools using the 2010 version was 3,807), the intention is to further increase its visibility, by developing a food planner for smartphones and tablets and by the launch of a distance selling project as well as other initiatives.
In 2016, the database was fully updated and now contains detailed information on 8753 food products. In addition, chemical analysis of the nutrient content of 56 dairy products, 11 cereal products, 15 breakfast cereals and 34 soy products was carried out.
In 2016, the NUBEL database was made more widely known:
• 8315 copies of the 2016 edition of the database and 746 licenses for the on-line food planner were sold.
• In 2016, the PRO food planner has been sold to 22 independent dieticians, 1 hospital and 1 general license for the PRO food planner has been bought by the Ministry of Public Health.
• The PRO food planner is also used in different schools in Belgium reaching 325 students.
In 2017, The focus of the analysis was on the chemical analyses (energy value, fats and fatty acid composition, carbohydrates, sugars, fibers, etc.) of bulgour, quinoa, breakfast cereals, granola, cereal bar and Nord Sea fishes.
In 2017, the NUBEL database was made more widely known:
• 8411 copies of the 2017 edition of the database were sold.
• 613 licenses for the on line food planner have been sold in 2017.
• The PRO food planner has been sold in 2017 to 25 independent dieticians and 1000 students. 1 general license for the PRO food planner was bought by the Ministry of Public Health.
The NUBEL PRO food planner is used in about 100 hospitals. It is also used in different schools in Belgium reaching 1000 students in 2017.