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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 Use this science-based nutrition guidance for Americans ages 2 and older to promote healthy lifestyles and dietary habits.

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.

Weight Gain over the Holidays in Three Countries

Weight Gain over the Holidays in Three Countries

Research findings just published in the New England Journal of Medicine show that the weight you gain in the next 3 months can take over 5 months to lose.

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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

  • The Health and Medicine (HMD) division of the National Academies of Medicine committee to “Review the Process to Update the Dietary Guidelines for Americans” will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  Attendees may address the committee (3 minutes maximum).  Register for the meeting at this link.
  • National Institutes of Health: Leptin and the neural circuit regulation food intake and glucose metabolism
    Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    Time: 3:00 to 4:00 ET
    Speaker: Jeffrey Friedman, MD, Ph.D., The Rockerfeller University
  • FDA has started a public process to redefine the "healthy" nutrient content claim for food labels.  Comments may be submitted to FDA until January 26, 2017.
  • FDA Issued a Request for Information on Fiber on the Nutrition Facts Label. Comments may be submitted to FDA for 45 days starting Nov 23, 2016.