New Food and Nutrient Data System Launched Today for Researchers and Consumers: USDA ARS

New ARS Nutrient Database will be a critical resource for researchers, nutrition professionals, healthcare providers, product developers, policy makers and consumers

New Food and Nutrient Data System Launched for Researchers and Consumers

By Dennis O’Brien
April 3, 2019

USDA’s Agricultural Research Service today released an Integrated Food and Nutrient Data System that provides online access to information on the nutrient profile of a wide variety of foods and food products. .

The system, known as FoodData Central, is expected to prove to be an essential resource for researchers, nutrition professionals, healthcare providers, product developers, policy makers and consumers. FoodData Central will be managed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) and hosted by the National Agricultural Library (NAL). It provides links to relevant agricultural research data from multiple sources, improves transparency on sources of nutritional information, provides data based on the latest scientific research and is representative of the market.

FoodData Central contains five distinct types of food and nutrient composition data in one place. It incorporates data provided by the USDA for years, but adds two new types of data that are grouped under new topics. “Experimental Foods” refers to data on foods produced by agricultural researchers that will allow users to see for themselves how factors such as climate, soils and farming practices can affect the nutritional profile of a food. .

The new system is designed to build capacity for rigorous research and policy applications through its research capabilities, downloadable datasets and detailed documentation. Application developers will be able to integrate the information into their applications and websites.

The ever-changing and expanding food supply is a challenge for those interested in the use of food and nutrient data. The inclusion of various types of data in a data system gives researchers, policy makers, and other audiences a key resource for addressing vital nutrition and health issues.

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The Agricultural Research Service is the principal in-house scientific research organization of the United States Department of Agriculture. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in agricultural research has an economic impact of $ 20.

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