Nutritional Analysis

Nutritional Analysis

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What is Nutritional Analysis?

Nutritional analysis is the process of determining the nutritional content of food or other substances. This can be done through laboratory testing, which involves analysing samples of the substance to measure the levels of various nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.

  1. Food Labelling: Nutritional analysis is used to create accurate and informative food labels. Food manufacturers are often required by law to provide nutritional information on their product labels, helping consumers make informed choices about what they eat.
  2. Dietary Planning: Nutritional analysis is essential for individuals, healthcare professionals, and dietitian’s who want to plan balanced and healthy diets. By knowing the nutrient composition of different foods, it’s possible to design dietary plans that meet specific nutritional needs or address dietary restrictions.
  3. Research and Development: Food scientists and researchers use nutritional analysis to study the nutritional content of foods, evaluate the impact of processing methods on nutrients, and develop new food products that meet specific nutritional criteria.
  4. Quality Control: In the food industry, nutritional analysis is crucial for quality control and ensuring that products meet nutritional specifications. This helps maintain consistency in the nutritional content of food products.
  5. Health and Wellness: Nutritional analysis can be used to assess an individual’s dietary intake and identify nutrient deficiencies or excesses. This information is valuable for managing and improving overall health and wellness.


Laboratory testing for nutritional analysis involves a range of techniques and equipment, including chemical assays, spectroscopy, chromatography, and more. These methods allow scientists to quantify the levels of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) in a sample accurately.

Nutritional analysis is essential for promoting healthy eating habits, ensuring food safety, and supporting scientific research on nutrition and health. It helps individuals make informed choices about their diets and assists food manufacturers in producing nutritious and compliant products.

At Southern Scientific Services, we use nutritional analysis to help food businesses determine the nutritional value of your product for labelling purposes.

🔎 For more information on labelling requirements in the Republic of Ireland, see the FSAI’s page.

Why Perform Nutritional Analysis?

This information is used for various purposes, including product development, labelling and compliance with regulations, research, and nutrition education. It can also identify potential health risks or benefits associated with consuming a particular food or ingredient. The nutritional analysis results can also be used to support claims made on food packaging and advertising.

Lab results are more accurate than theoretical analysis, especially in cases where specific ingredients are not in databases.


Who Is Nutritional Analysis Recommend for?

Nutritional testing services can be useful for a wide range of businesses, including:

  1. Food and beverage manufacturers: These companies can use it to ensure that their products meet label claims and regulatory requirements.
  2. Restaurants and food service establishments: These businesses can use it to give customers accurate information about their menu items’ nutrient content.
  3. Dieticians and nutritionists: These professionals can use it to help their clients make informed decisions about their diet and develop personalised nutrition plans.
  4. Sports teams and athletes: These groups can use it to optimise their nutrition and performance.
  5. Private label and contract manufacturers: These companies can use it to ensure that the products they manufacture meet the nutritional specifications of their clients.


Any business that produces or serves food and beverages or is interested in its products’ nutritional content can benefit from a nutritional testing service.

What Does This Test Include?

We test for the following parameters:

  • Moisture
  • Fat (Saturated, Polyunsaturated, Monounsaturated)
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates (total sugars)
  • TVBN
  • Ash
  • Specific constituents
  • Sugars
  • Salt
  • Vitamins
  • Preservatives
  • Antioxidants
  • Colours
  • Allergens
  • And more!

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Nutritional analysis

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