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Higher Dose of Vitamin D May Benefit Pregnant Women

A new ARS-UC Davis study indicates that expectant mothers may benefit from an additional dose of vitamin D supplement.

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.

Fun or Exercise

Framing your workout in a fun way can help you avoid “rewarding” your efforts with extra calories.

Making Spinach with Low Oxalate Levels

ARS scientists found spinach plants with low oxalate levels.

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  • March 15: EXtension Professional Development Webinar: Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular Disease, presented by Dr. Elvira de Mejia, Professor of Food Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Register at https://learn.extension.org/events/2962.
  • March 29: at 2pm ET and April 12, NCCOR is hosting a two-part Connect & Explore webinar series on the Individual Diet and Food Environment Guides followed by the Physical Activity and Physical Activity Environment Guides. Discussion will focus on the Measures Registry User Guides which provides an overview of measurement and the process of using the Measures Registry. Registration is free.
  • April 26: 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. Federal Register Notice Announcing the Extension of the Comment Period
  • May 4: Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult oncology patients. Dr. Anna E. Arthur Parker RD Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Sylvia D. Stroup Scholar in Nutrition and Cancer Director, Nutrition and Cancer Epidemiology & Survivorship Lab University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the latest research on how diet and nutritional status impact cancer progression and prognosis. Thursday, May 4 11:00am EDT. Webinar registration

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

By mail:

Food and Nutrition Information Center

USDA ARS National Agricultural Library

10301 Baltimore Avenue,

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351