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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Overview of Food Patterns Equivalents Database
  • What is
  • What does the
    FPED release include?
  • Applications
    of FPED
  • Fact sheets
  • Food Patterns Equivalents Database (FPED) converts foods and beverages in the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies to 37 USDA Food Patterns (FP) components. FPED was formerly known as the MyPyramid Equivalents Database (MPED).
  • FPED provides a unique research tool to evaluate food and beverage intakes of Americans compared to recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA 2010).
  • The FP components are defined as the number of cup equivalents of Fruit, Vegetables, and Dairy; ounce equivalents of Grains and Protein Foods; teaspoon equivalents of Added Sugars; gram equivalents of Solid Fats and Oils; and number of Alcoholic Drinks.
  • Two new products are provided with the FPED release: (1) the Food Patterns Equivalents Ingredient Database (FPID) that includes each unique ingredient used in FNDDS converted to the 37 FP components; and (2) listings of gram weights for one cup equivalents of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and legumes used in the FPED release (Methodology and User Guide, Appendices 8-11).
  • Methodology and User Guide;
  • The amount of 37 FP components present per 100 grams of each of the FNDDS foods and beverages (FPED) and their unique ingredients (FPID), in MS Access and SAS;
  • The amount of 37 FP components in each food and beverage reported by each respondent on day 1 and day 2, and the total per day from What We Eat in America, (WWEIA), NHANES, and the respondents’ demographic information, in SAS;
  • Four table sets containing estimates of mean intakes of the 37 FP components on day 1, by demographic subgroups; and
  • SAS codes file to create mean intake estimates.
  • FPED has many important applications in Federal nutrition policies and education programs.
  • Can be used in:
    • Estimating Americans' dietary intakes of the 37 components of the USDA Food Patterns
    • Assessing adherence to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommendations
    • Assessing dietary patterns with respect to the 2010 DGA recommendations
    • Estimating cost of healthy foods and diets
  • Can be applied in nutrition monitoring and surveillance, epidemiological studies, risk analysis, and policy analysis

Last Modified: 10/4/2016
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