Nutrient Data Now Available for Home
Computers By Rosalie Marion Bliss
April 15, 2003
- Technology Supports President Bush's HealthierUS Initiative
to Help Consumers Improve Health
BALTIMORE, April 15--Accessing the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's online
National Nutrient Database is now easier than ever. A user friendly, searchable
version of the authoritative nutrient database is available for download onto
personal computers (PCs) and laptops free of charge, Agriculture Secretary Ann
M. Veneman announced today during a speech at the Department of Health and Human Services'
"This user-friendly nutrient database supports President Bush's
HealthierUS initiative to improve overall health for Americans through regular
physical activity, proper nutrition, preventive screenings and healthy
lifestyle choices," said Veneman. "The accessibility of the database will make
it easier for consumers to make healthy choices by providing important
information to personal computers."
USDA announced in October 2002 the portable version of the
nutrient database for users of personal digital assistants, or PDAs. Today's
announcement extends the availability of the information to personal computers.
The information lists up to 117 nutrients for more than 6,000 food items. Each
item can be found in any one of 22 food-group categories. The PC-download
capability is available on the USDA web site today. After an initial download
and installation, the database can be accessed from the computer's hard drive.
The PC application expands the accessibility of the database to
more users and includes an option to search the entire database at once, or
more narrowly by specified food groups. A portion modifier option is also
included. For example, after clicking on carrots, raw, the user can choose from
a variety of standard portion sizes. But if the user would prefer to increase
or decrease the amounts, portions can be customized to suit individual needs.
The search term "not" is also featured, which allows users to screen out
unwanted foods by designating, for example, "carrots not raw."
Researchers at the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS)
Nutrient Data Laboratory
in Beltsville, Md., worked with HealtheTech Inc. of Golden, Colo.,
through a cooperative research and development agreement, to provide users with
a downloadable search application for use on their PCs. The lab is part of the
ARS Beltsville Human Nutrition
Research Center. ARS is USDA's chief scientific research agency.
The new PC-download version requires about 70 megabytes of disk
space on a hard drive. The application runs on all Windows versions from
Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) to the most recent edition. To download the
nutrient database software, go to:
Under the red "Search the Nutrient Database" label, click on
Read more about NDL's recent upgrades by visiting:
For more information on President Bush's HealthierUS Initiative,