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item De Jesus, Vincent
item Cutrufelli, Rena
item Haytowitz, David
item Lemar, Linda
item Thomas, Robin

Submitted to: Home Page
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/9/2004
Publication Date: 1/9/2004
Citation: De Jesus, V.P., Cutrufelli, R.L., Haytowitz, D.B., Lemar, L.E., Thomas, R.G. 2004. The usda national nutrient database for personal digital assistants (pdas), rel. 16. Home Page. Available:

Interpretive Summary: The Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL), through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with HealtheTech, Inc. of Golden Colorado, developed an easily searchable version of the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (SR15) for use on handheld Palm® OS personal digital assistants (PDAs). This product allowed users to search the database for all foods in SR and to modify portion sizes to obtain reports of the level for 30 nutrients in a customized portion. The USDA National Nutrient Database for PDAs has now been modified to update the software with data from SR16. The new version is available for download, at no cost, from the NDL Web site at ( Due to easy portability of handheld PDAs, this software application enables the public to have easy access to high quality nutrient data anytime, anyplace.

Technical Abstract: In 2002, the Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) developed an e-government product for download to personal digital assistants (PDAs) that enhanced dissemination of data from the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 15 (SR15). This application blended SR15 with custom search software developed through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with HealtheTech, Inc., of Golden, Colorado. The Nutrient Data Laboratory, in conjunction with HealtheTech, Inc has made modifications necessary to update this application with data from the latest SR Release, SR16. The USDA National Nutrient Database for PDAs is available to the public, at no cost, online at the NDL Web site ( This software application allows dieticians and other health professionals to bring high quality nutrient data to patient point-of-care, allows nutrition professionals to have access to nutrient data at meetings and conventions, and enables the general public a small easily portable reference when grocery shopping or making food selections at a restaurant.