Provides online access to nutrient profile information about a wide variety of foods
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service released an integrated food and nutrient data system today that provides online access to nutrient profile information about a wide variety of foods and food products.
FoodData Central contains—in one place—five distinct types of food and nutrient composition data. It incorporates the data USDA has provided for years, but adds two new types of data that are grouped under new topics.”Foundation Foods” provides expanded nutrient information and extensive underlying metadata that will help users understand the variability in the nutrient values of foods. “Experimental Foods” links to data about foods produced by agricultural researchers that will allow users to see for themselves how factors such as climate, soils and agricultural practices can affect a food’s nutritional profile.
The new system is designed to strengthen the capacity for rigorous research and policy applications through its search capabilities, downloadable datasets, and detailed documentation. Application developers will be able to incorporate the information into their applications and web sites.
For more information, visit fdc.nal.usda.gov.
The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Each dollar invested in agricultural research results in $20 of economic impact.