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Dietary Reference Intakes - DRIs
This set of books from the Institute of Medicine provides a "set of four reference values: Estimated Average Requirements (EAR), Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), Adequate Intakes (AI), and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), that have replaced the 1989 Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs)."

Some titles are available online; others are in the Chemistry and Life Science libraries in book form.

Search the library catalog for exact locations.

ChooseMyPlate.gov
MyPlate is an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits by encouraging them to build a healthy plate, consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Replaces the USDA Food Pyramid.

McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods, 7th ed.
Classic text with food composition tables

Nutrition.gov
"Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers."

USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans
"The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is an essential resource for health professionals and policymakers as they design and implement food and nutrition programs that feed the American people, such as USDA's National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, which feed more than 30 million children each school Day. The Dietary Guidelines also provides information that helps Americans make healthy choices for themselves and their families." Full text is available in HTML and PDF formats.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center
"Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers."

USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory
Access to the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.