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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

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.

Rice Bran Shows Anti-diabetic Potential

ARS found colored rice bran extracts increase glucose (sugar) use in mouse fat cells.

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1) Sept 5-6, 2017“Nutritional Interventions to Promote Healthy Aging” Workshop on the NIH Campus, National Library of Medicine, Lister Hill Auditorium .  Register here.  More information on the workshop is included in the meeting summary and can be found on the workshop website.  

2) September 6-7, 2017: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces next meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030. Members of the public are invited to observe the Advisory Committee meeting and deliver oral comments. Individuals must pre-register to attend the meeting. Individuals interested in delivering oral public comments: must register their intention to provide oral public comments no later than 5:00 pm ET on August 21, 2017.

3) October 11, 2017: The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) invites the public to submit written comments and/or provide oral comments at its Fall 2017 business meeting in Jacksonville, FL. The comment period will close October 11, 2017. Please submit feedback on the NOSB Subcommittees’ proposals via

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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Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

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