The Best Commercial Food Database and API

MyNetDiary food catalog is the most complete, accurate and up-to-date nutrition database in the English-speaking world. We use our food catalog for high-quality calorie counting and nutrition analysis delivered to millions of our diet app users. As MyNetDiary provides a comprehensive diet service, we know how inaccurate food labels undermine the whole idea of diet tracking, analysis and planning. Many years of rigorous food research resulted in a powerful data product you can license for your applications and online services today:

  • 393,000 foods in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. Verified foods only, user-contributed foods are excluded.
  • 1,000 restaurants among 1,850 vendors including well-known brands, restaurants, fast food chains, supermarkets, special diets, ethnic foods and common USDA foods. See our vendor list.
  • 177,000 UPC barcodes assigned to majority of popular packaged foods.
  • Food popularity rank based on usage in our community of 6 million people. We know what people actually eat.
  • Up to 36 nutrients per food, on average 15 nutrients per food.
  • Up to 10 servings per food. We fight duplicates and normalize the data.
  • Food icons for most foods help you create beautiful, readable food lists.

 

Specifications and Samples

Enjoy our Instant Food Search, find any food and experience the API. Scan barcodes with our free mobile apps.

Download Data and API Specification for details or simply check our Food Samples.

Licensing Food Database and Using API

You can license MyNetDiary food database for commercial and research purposes. The license does not allow reselling the data.

The cost of the food database license is $35,000 USD without time limitations. The license includes 3 quarterly updates during the first year of licensing. After that, you can keep using the database without further updates. If you would like to keep refreshing the database, we provide additional updates for $7,000 USD per year.

The first year of API usage is free of charge for customers who paid the licensing fees. The second and subsequent years of API usage cost $35,000 USD per year and allow 500,000 searches per day. Extra usage costs the same $0.20 per 1000 searches, which makes MyNetDiary the lowest-cost provider of high-volume food search.

Food Search API

Some of our licensing customers start with using API, which makes a lot of sense:

  • Deliver your application faster by reusing our search algorithms and servers. Build a quick proof-of-concept, lower initial investment and reduce your app's time-to-market.
  • Our smart and fast API searches by multiple words, partial words and phonetic similarity. Brand names and food categories are searched along with food names. Search results highlight matched user inputs. UPC lookup is included.
  • Search results are ranked by popularity among 6 million diet app users. Unlike other DB providers, we actually know what people eat and suggest the most relevant foods.
  • All food updates are immediately available to your application. We add and verify about 300 foods every day.
  • Obtain complete food catalog and switch to your own search at any time.
  • Service uptime is 99.9% or better.
  • Server response in < 200ms plus network.

Why Choose MyNetDiary Food Database?

Our food catalog is chosen and licensed by wellness companies, clinical research organizations and mobile app developers such as Noom and Lifesum. Here is why:

  1. Our food catalog lists over 393,000 foods. It's much bigger than other popular verified databases, such as CalorieKing and ESHA.
  2. Many databases have obsolete nutrition data. Our continuous food research and popularity ranking helps us keep the database up-to-date. We add or update hundreds of foods each day.
  3. We research foods on demand for users sending PhotoFood requests via mobile app. None of our competitors provides such a service, which helps us stay current and quickly add the latest packaged foods to the catalog.
  4. Unlike competitors, we fight duplicates and research multiple servings per food whenever possible. Their food databases often count servings as additional foods, having for example dozens of Coca-Cola "foods".
  5. We maintain a hierarchical food catalog, which makes it convenient to browse big vendors like Wegmans or Tesco. Competitors' catalogs are usually flat, making it difficult to browse and find foods.

A Look Under The Hood: Nutrition Research Process

Check out the MyNetDiary research system and see how much attention we give to completeness and correctness of the data, and how many data rules are implemented by our research team. We automate data validation as much as possible, but it still takes a human to ensure quality. Every change is double-checked by our quality assurance team.

Keeping the catalog up-to-date is challenging since the food industry is a dynamic, ever-changing world: food vendors sell and buy brands, change their name while growing the business, change servings and clarify their nutrition labels over time. We meet these challenge with continuous monitoring and periodic, prioritized verification of such vendors and brands.

PhotoFood requests are processed within 24 hours or faster. We add hundreds of foods every day while removing obsolete or duplicated foods. It's a live catalog.

It is hard to avoid duplication because of re-packaging and re-branding of the same products and their slight variations. We remove any duplicates within 24 hours after noticing.

We work with restaurants and food companies to add and update their menus and products in our food database. If you represent a restaurant or a food company, please e-mail info@mynetdiary.com to get your products included.

Other data sources include the USDA Standard Reference database and data from literature sources.

 

Specifications and Samples

Enjoy our Instant Food Search, find any food and experience the API. Scan barcodes with our free mobile apps.

Download Data and API Specification for details or simply check our Food Samples.

Contact Us

Please send your requests and questions to MyNetDiary Customer Support at support@mynetdiary.com.