Submitted to: International Conference of Dietary Assessment Methods
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/24/2006
Publication Date: 4/26/2006
Citation: Raper, N.R., LaComb, R.P., Enns, C.W., Moshfegh, A.J. 2006. What's in the foods you eat search tool: A free and accessible database [abstract]. 6th International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods, April 27-29, 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark. Program & Abstracts. P23-12.
Technical Abstract: The What’s In The Foods You Eat Search Tool is a search program that allows a user to easily find information on the nutrient content of foods typically eaten in the U.S. The Search Tool expands the use of a valuable dietary assessment tool, the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS), to the general public and nutrition professionals. The FNDDS is used to process and calculate nutrient intakes for the dietary recalls collected in What We Eat in America, the dietary component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The Search Tool includes descriptions for over 13,000 foods and 30,000 common portions and weights for those foods. The user can define an amount based on a portion size. A complete profile of food energy and 60 nutrients/food components is included for each food. The Search Tool is on the internet at http://www.ars.usda.gov/foodsearch. Online and downloadable versions are available. The features of the search tool will be described and examples of how it can be used by researchers will be highlighted.