It is a challenging task to clearly and completely describe the foods that are in the food composition table. Food names for most tables are devised by the compilers using common names plus appropriate descriptors (e.g., cooked, raw, and canned). Ideally, the food descriptors should fully define the food item so there is no ambiguity about the scientific name, the part of the plant or animal that is consumed, and any cooking or processing that has been applied. Several schemes for describing foods have been proposed, including guidelines from INFOODS and the LanguaL system that is used by several European countries.
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Metabolism. There isn’t perhaps a more frequently used word in the weight loss (and weight gain) vocabulary than this. Indeed, it’s not uncommon to overhear people talking about their struggles or triumphs over the holiday bulge or love handles in terms of whether their metabolism is working, or not.