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Food and Nutrition Information Center

U.S. Households’ Demand for Convenience Foods

Over the last four decades, demand for “convenience foods” has grown in the United States, with implications for dietary quality and health.

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

Historical Dietary Guidance Digital Collection

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

Social Eating Leads to Overeating, Especially among Men

Gorging at a holiday meal or friend’s BBQ might have more to do with your ego than the quality of the food – especially if you’re a man.

Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

ARS scientists found spinach plants with low oxalate levels.

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  • Webinar on the Potential Role of Sleep in Obesity Prevention & Management. February 17, 2017 12-2pm National Academiy of Health and Medicine is presenting a webinar titled: The Potential Role of Sleep in Obesity Prevention and Management: A Virtual Workshop. The webinar will examine the experimental and epidemiological evidence about sleep and obesity risk in children and adults. Register: here.
  • The USDA Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) announces a Visioning of U.S. Agriculture Systems for Sustainable Production Listening Session. The listening session will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in room 107A of the Jamie L. Whitten building. You must register by February 27, 2017, to attend in person and to provide oral comments during the listening session. Written comments are due by March 9, 2017.
  • EXtension Professional Development Webinar: Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular Disease, Wed. March 15, 2017 presented by Dr. Elvira de Mejia, Professor of Food Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Register at
  • FDA has started a public process to redefine the "healthy" nutrient content claim for food labels.  The FDA has extended the comment period on the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of food products to April 26, 2017. Federal Register Notice Announcing the Extension of the Comment Period

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. 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 center itself was started in 1971 (with 2 nutritionists) under a reimbursable agreement between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Agricultural Library (NAL). The mission was to collect and disseminate information about food and human nutrition. 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).

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

By mail:

Food and Nutrition Information Center

USDA ARS National Agricultural Library

10301 Baltimore Avenue,

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351