USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference


What is it?

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is one of the most comprehensive sources for evaluating the nutrient content of close to 8,000 food items. It is a major source of food composition used by both private and public sectors.

What are the benefits of using the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference?

Eating healthy is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. By keeping watch of the nutrient content of the food you eat, you can achieve that goal. People on a strict diet or those who want to lose weight can consult the database on which kinds of food to avoid and which to eat. Those who are doing the opposite and are trying to gain weight can also take advantage of this database. They can focus on eating the kind of food that helps them gain lean mass and not just fat. Meal planners can also make the most out of the database by being able to carefully plan out the meals for the day that includes all the special dietary needs of their clients.

How can I access the database?

Accessing the database as easy as 1-2-3. Use the link to PDP’s Food Finder tool either from here or from the top menu. Type in the name of the food you’re interested in, and enjoy the most comprehensive nutrient information you could ever get. To improove your searches – use the advanced search tips given in the PDP Search Tips article.

It is Free?

The database can be used by everyone free of charge. All you need is a computer with Internet access and you can browse all you like at our website.

How often does the database get updated?

New versions of the database are released as soon as new information have been compiled. Newer versions may add or change the information from the older data, according to current research and studies, so it’s always better to keep yourself updated.

Where does the USDA get sources for the database?

Information compiled for the database all come from published and unpublished sources. Published sources include scientific and technical literature, while the unpublished sources are gathered from the food industry, other government agencies, and research conducted under contracts initiated by USDA Agricultural Research Service.