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Nutrition and Food Sciences

Nutrition and food science information across the food chain supporting academic and industrial research

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At CABI we’re focused on providing the best user experience we can, helping you find answers to your questions quickly, easily and accurately.

If you are experiencing access or other technical issues or if you have feedback please contact or  call +44 (0)1491 829279.

For help on using Nutrition and Food Sciences Database and its various features, we have produced a number of training resources which can be found below. As well as these handy materials we also conduct live online training webinars to demonstrate common tasks and introduce the various site features available. To see these and other support materials, please visit our training page.

Our training team also provide an on-site training service. These live product demonstrations help teach multiple staff members the various features of the database and other subscription products at your location. Please contact your CABI sales representative or email our training team for further information.


User Guide

NFSDB user guide This comprehensive user guide explains how to perform common tasks such as site searches, refining results and advanced field searching as well as unique features including MyNutrition. It also provides useful reference lists for when performing more advanced tasks such as field tags and subject codes.
NFSDB user guide This document explains the search we perform for the "Evidence based research" filter.

Video Training

NFSDB training video
Simple searching

This video will provide an overview about simple searching and how to view and refine results.

Advanced searching videos Advanced searching

This webinar will show you how to perform accurate database searches, view and refine your results, create and use a myCABI account and use advanced search.

Quick help guide


There are a number of ways to perform a search in Nutrition and Food Sciences Database. You can search using the main search box that appears on every page.

You simply describe the subject of your search as you would in any popular search engine. You can also perform more complex searches here using Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT) N.B. always place the Boolean logic in uppercase / capital letters).

Use quotes  to search for an exact set of words such as "food security". Be sure to  copy or type quotes directly into the search box so that they look like this: " rather than: “

You can also use bracketing so that certain parts of your search are performed together e.g. (iron OR iodine) AND (deficiency)

To exclude materials you do not want you can select the type of information that you want by clicking on the "filter by type" box and choosing from the reference materials available.

Topic Pages

Near the top of the page (below the CABI logo) there are buttons that take you to topic pages, which focus on information relevant to each topic.

When you go to a particular topic page (e.g. clinical nutrition) any search is automatically limited to that particular topic (as defined by our subject experts). To search within other topic areas click the "search within topic" box and select the appropriate topic you wish to search. If all boxes are deselected then a complete site search is performed.

On the search results page filter your search can be refined further by adding additional terms from the right hand column.

Smart Searches

We have also launched the Smart Search feature. You will find this on the large tab above the search box.

These are searches on key topics created by our experts to save you time. We will create new Smart Searches if you request them and these will be made available to all users from this tab. 


This personalisation feature will provide you with your own workspace within Nutrition and Food Sciences Database to:

  • save both individual and sets of records
  • export your saved records 
  • save your searches
  • subscribe to saved searches via RSS and e-mail alerts so that you are made aware of the latest content

Subscribe to Nutrition and Food Sciences Database

Nutrition and Food Sciences Database provides a focussed resource with tools to help researchers manage their knowledge base and identify important studies, save the research information key to their work, and keep up with new developments. 

Nutritional myths abound in the media and on the internet. Whether you are substantiating a health claim or searching for the best available evidence, Nutrition and Food Sciences Database provides authoritative unbiased support. 

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