USDA Adds Nutrient Data on Branded Foods
The US Department of Agriculture has made it easier for scientists and consumers to check out the nutritional characteristics of popular foods. The agency added a database of 80,000 name-brand packaged and prepared foods sold at supermarkets and restaurants to its existing almost 9,000-item National Nutrient Database.
Both databases can now be searched online at <ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb>. But this is just the beginning, according to the USDA, which ultimately plans to expand to 500,000 products and add details from the updated Nutrition Facts panel.