Nutrients obtained from the diet are important for the energy supply and functional maintenance of human bodies. Therefore, for any food product, nutritional contents should be accurately analyzed and clearly labeled to comply with regulations and retailer specifications. More importantly, understanding the chemical and nutritional content is also an intrinsic part of new product development and quality control. Lifeasible has a dedicated team of technical experts, with extensive experience in the fields of food nutrient and food safety. We offer you fast and accurate testing and analyses for your diverse needs.
Lifeasible’s accredited laboratories offer a full scope of lab testing and certification services for a wide variety of food products, from the raw materials to final products. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, providing a comprehensive list of analysis for various nutrients, including energy, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, hygienical component, anti-nutrient, as well as other critical ingredients.
Humans and other animals require energy from food to sustain their activities. Many governments require food manufacturers to label the energy content of their products, to help consumers control their energy intake. The food energy is mainly derived from carbohydrates, fats, proteins, as well as from organic acids, polyols, and ethanol present in the diet. Calorie and kilojoule are common units to measure energy. We provide food energy evaluation using the Atwater system.
Carbohydrates are the most easily accessible energy source for our body. Carbohydrates play important roles in many physiological processes. Experts at Lifeasible can provide you with accurate and reliable carbohydrate content analysis through a variety of methods including chromatographic, chemical, enzymatic, and physical methods.
Dietary fiber refers to the edible parts of plants or analogous carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and cannot be absorbed by human bodies. They have shown to help the treatment of diabetes, obesity, coronary heart disease, etc.. At Lifeasible, we offer advanced technologies - such as AOAC method 2009.01 and AOAC 2011.25 - to help you to conduct the analysis of insoluble and soluble dietary fibers.
Fat plays an important role in sustaining body temperature, protecting organs, as well as providing essential fatty acids. Fats can supply as much as 2 times the amount of energy as carbohydrates or proteins . Fat and fatty acid testing is an essential part of nutritional testing and is available at Lifeasible using mainly wet chemistry and GC methodologies.
Proteins are organic compounds important for cell growth and repair. Proteins and their decomposition products are not only important compositions of food products, but also can affect the smell, color, and taste of food. We offer a variety of methods – such as chemical methods (e.g., Bradford and Lowery methods) and chromatographic methods (e.g., HPLC with diverse detectors) – for the measurement of protein contents.
Amino acids are basic structural units for proteins. Amino acids can be oxidized into carbon dioxide, water, and urea, producing energy. Amino acids also can be used to synthesize carbohydrates, fats, hormones, and other substances. We provide different analysis packages for the 20 natural amino acids and some non-standard amino acids with a combination of chemical and/or chromatographic methods. Just let us know the amino acids you would like to test and we will find the best solution for you.
Vitamins are essential nutrients for the normal growth, development, and maintenance of cells, tissues, and organs. Vitamins are typically obtained through the consumption of food or dietary supplements. We offer both water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamin analysis, which can be quantified by HPLC, GC, microbial, or fluorometric based methodologies.
Minerals are essential nutrients for human bodies. Essentially, they cannot be synthesized biochemically by living organisms, and can only be obtained from foods. On the other hand, heavy metals can have adverse health effects on human metabolism. We offer a comprehensive range of accredited tests to analyze minerals and heavy metal content in foods using GC-MS, LC-MS/MS, UHPLC, atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES), and ICP-MS technologies.
Many components in food, such as flavonoids, saponins, phenylpropanoids, terpene, volatile oil, etc., have important hygienical functions for humans. For example, flavonoids have been shown to have a wide range of biological and pharmacological activities such as antioxidant and anti-cancer. Therefore, it is also necessary to detect the hygienical components of food products. At lifeasible, a variety of chromatographic methods are available for analysis of hygienical components in food.
Antinutrients in food or feeds prevent complete absorption of certain nutrients. Therefore, anti-nutrients also need to be determined to understand the full compositions of food products.
Our laboratories can provide chemical and nutritional testing to meet the requirements of most regulatory regions around the world, including US, EU/UK, Australia and New Zealand, and Asian countries (Japan, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, etc..). Our world-class specialists always follow up the update of methods and technologies to accurately test for a wide range of requirements of our clients. We can help you comply with relevant regulations and ensure you with safe and quality food for manufacturing. Our personalized services for nutritional analysis are featured with short turnaround times, competitive prices, as well as accurate and sensitive results. Welcome to contact us for further information, questions, and inquiries