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NOTE:  This release of the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference has been superseded.  The current release is SR27  Access to Release 11 of the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is provided here for those users who may wish to use it for historical reasons.

The suggested citation for this database is:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 1996. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 11. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page,

SR11 documentation describing all the files, their fields and relationships.  A copy also accompanies each of the download files below. 

Download files for use on your own computer:

  • Full version (ASCII) - This file contains the SR11 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.

  • Abbreviated (ASCII) - This file contains data for all food items, but not all nutrient values.  This is a delimited file suitable for importing into many programs.
  • Update Files (ASCII) -  Contains updates for those users who have loaded Release 11 into their own computers and wish to do their own updates.  These are delimited files suitable for import into many programs

Last Modified: 8/29/2014