NOTE: This release of the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference has been superseded. The current release is SR25. Access to Release 21 of the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is provided here for those users who may wish to use it for historical reasons.
This page provides access to Release 21 of the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. You can either view the data here or download the data files and documentation in several different formats for use on your computer.
The suggested citation for this database is:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2008. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl
Download the database for use on your computer with various software packages.
SR21 documentation describing all the files, their fields and relationships. A copy also accompanies each of the downlaod files below.
ASCII (6.0Mb) - This file contains the SR21 data in ASCII, delimited files. These tables are organized in a relational format, and are best used with a relational database management system (RDBMS), which will allow you to form your own queries of the database and generate custom reports.
ACCESS (16.5Mb) - This file contains the SR21 data imported into a Micrsoft Access database. It includes relationships between files and a few sample queries and reports. You need Micrsoft Access 2000 or later to use this file.
Abbreviated - This file contains data for all food items, but not all nutrient values--individual fatty acids, amino acids, alcohol, caffeine, theobromine, phytosterols, starch, individual sugars and vitamin D are not included.
ASCII (0.7Mb) - delimited file suitable for importing into many programs.
Excel (1.6Mb) - for use with Micrsoft Excel, but can also be used by many other spreadsheet programs.
Update Files - Contains updates for those users who have loaded Release 19 into their own computers and wish to do their own updates.