Incorporating Food Group and Nutrient
Data into an Online Interactive Tool
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
United States Department of Agriculture
What we needed:
For Each Food Item
• Calories and nutrients (per 100 grams)
• Food groups and subgroups (per 100 grams)
• Oils, solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol (per 100
• Portion options and weight of each portion
• Foods in ready-to-consume forms
Data Sources
• FNDDS 4.1 (USDA’s Agricultural Research Service):
– Calories and nutrients per 100 grams
– Portion options and weight of each portion
• MPED 2.0 (USDA’s Agricultural Research Service):
– Food groups and subgroups per 100 grams
– Oils, solid fats, added sugars, and alcohol per 100
• CNPP Addendum to MPED 2.0:
– Supplementary MPED values needed for new
foods in FNDDS 4.1, not available in MPED 2.0
Modifications to Data
• Add foods most requested by users, when feasible
• Create consumer-friendly name(s) for each food
item—allow multiple names
• Set priorities for order in which items are returned
from a search
• Create search categories to narrow focus of search
• Identify consumer-friendly portion options
FNDDS 4.1 + MPED 2.0 + CNPP Addendum to MPED 2.0 =
Where to find the data
FNDDS 4.1:
Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies
MPED 2.0:
MyPyramid Equivalents Database
CNPP Addendum to MPED:

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