Food and Nutrition Information Center
Listed below are quick links to FNIC's most popular topics and topics of interest. These links rotate frequently so please check back often.
The trans fat content of a food item can be found by searching for the food item in the USDA's FoodData Central. Please note that the trans fat content is provided only if the food item contains trans fat. You can find an abridged list of trans fat sources on the USDA Nutrient Lists from Standard Reference Legacy (2018).
Potential website links are considered through a review process, and only websites that meet our evaluation criteria are used. They are evaluated for appropriateness by trained nutrition professionals, most of whom are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).
FoodData Central contains five distinct types of data containing information on food and nutrient profiles, each with a unique purpose. Two of the data types—Foundation Foods and Experimental Foods—have never previously been available. Foundation Foods provides nutrient values and extensive underlying metadata on foods available to the U.S. consumer; Experimental Foods link to relevant agricultural research data from multiple sources.
If you would like to look up the calcium content of a specific food, you can use USDA's online searchable database of food composition, FoodData Central, which includes five distinct types of data containing information on food and nutrient profiles, each with a unique purpose.
The FNIC staff, including an IT programmer, developed the Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals, and secured permission to use the data from the IOM (Institue of Medicine) before starting work on this project. FNIC’s credit statement to the IOM is given on the results page. The IOM became the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2016.
The "calorie" we refer to in food is actually kilocalorie. One (1) kilocalorie is the same as one (1) Calorie (uppercase C). A kilocalorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water one degree Celsius.
The USDA NDL has removed the USDA Database for the Added Sugars Content of Selected Foods from the NDL website. This is due to constant changes in formulations for commercial, multi-ingredient foods, the primary contributor of added sugars to the diet. NDL is not recalculating added and intrinsic sugars at this time, in part, because brand name market shares and ingredients are changed so rapidly that these estimates are more a temporary cross-section in time than fixed values.
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.
To learn more about FNIC's content and linking policy, please review the webmaster section of the Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
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
Food and Nutrition Information Center
USDA ARS National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Avenue,
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351