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Microgreen Study Shows Health Benefits

Microgreen Study Shows Health Benefits

•ARS scientists studied health benefits of red cabbage microgreens.•Mice fed red cabbage microgreens had lower “bad” cholesterol levels.

Dietary Reference Intake Calculator

Interactive Dietary Reference Intakes Calculator for Healthcare Professionals

This web-based tool calculates daily nutrient recommendations based on the DRIs.

Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

This collection allows users to browse and search over 900 federal dietary guidance and nutrition education publications.

Daily Nutrition Strategies for Endurance

Guidance on fueling for fitness training from The Human Performance Research Center.

USDA Economic Research Service

Understanding the Prevalence, Severity and Distribution of Food Insecurity in the US

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1. November 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. Office of Dietary Supplements Seminar Series, 1st Fl, 6100 Executive Blvd. Rockville, MD 20852. Vitamin D status and requirements, with particular focus on special populations. Kevin Cashman, B.Sc., Ph.D., R.Ph.Nutr, Professor, Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College, Cork, Ireland.

2. December 5, 2017 The Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a public workshop that will review current knowledge in the field of nutrigenomics as it relates to nutrition. The meeting will be held at National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418,  Register here

3. December 5-6, 2017 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity to better understand appropriate, high-quality natural experiment research designs in obesity prevention and control. The workshop will take place on the NIH Main Campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

4. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance 'Menu Labeling: Supplemental Guidance for Industry' aimed at helping businesses comply with FDA's May 7, 2018 deadline for menu labeling while also giving industry clarity on how FDA intends to implement and enforce the rule.  Comments are January 8, 2018

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in online global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of the United States Department of Agriculture, the FNIC website contains over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information.

The Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (Farm Bill) established the Food and Nutrition Information and Education Resources Center (later known as the Food and Nutrition Information Center, or FNIC) as a permanent entity within NAL. (see p.26 of PDF).

FNIC strives to serve the professional community (including educators, health professionals and researchers) by providing access to a wide range of trustworthy food and nutrition resources from both government and non-government sources. The FNIC website provides information about food and human nutrition. The materials found on this website are not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed health professional.

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this website (or in website pages) is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by USDA or the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable. Likewise, some databases available on the FNIC website include resources from "non-government entities." Inclusion of these materials in a database does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by FNIC or the U.S. Government.

Online: If you have a question related to food and nutrition please use the Ask a Question form.

In person: FNIC Specialists can assist you Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland.

By phone: Call (301) 504-5414 to talk to an Information Specialist

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Food and Nutrition Information Center

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10301 Baltimore Avenue,

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

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