USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory - National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

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The Mission of the Nutrient Data Laboratory is “To develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods and dietary supplements available in the United States.”


Nutrient Data at your fingertips…

  • Search online for values in the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 21
  • Download software to search the SR database on a Windows PC or a Handheld Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)

The Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) has the responsibility to develop USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the foundation of most food and nutrition databases in the US, used in food policy, research and nutrition monitoring. Our database products are available to the public and scientific community. NDL is one of seven units in the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center ( BHNRC) of the Agricultural Research Service ( ARS).