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DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals

FoodData Central
Contains five distinct types of data that provide information on nutrients and other food components: Foundation Foods, Experimental Foods, SR Legacy, Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies 2019-2020 and USDA Global Branded Food Products Database (Branded Foods). See more about FoodData Central Data Types here.
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.

"FooDB is the world's largest and most comprehensive resource on food constituents, chemistry, and biology. ... FooDB is offered to the public as a freely available resource."McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods, 7th ed.
Classic text with food composition tables
"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."


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