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USDA: FoodData Central

Food Data Central is an excellent resource for those interested in health and food-science research. Published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the website includes "five distinct data types that provide information on food and nutrient profiles." Readers may want to begin on the About Us section, which includes information about the five data types. For example, Foundation Foods consists of nutrient composition for a wide range of foods and ingredients, while Experimental Foods provides links to relevant agricultural research data from multiple sources. The other three data types are: Standard Reference Legacy Release, Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies 2013-2014 (FNDDS), and USDA Global Branded Food Products Database. A useful search bar is available both on the center of the Home page and on the left-hand side of the screen when visiting other pages. Search inquiries include all five data types, and the results list indicates where each individual search result originated. For example, searching "mochi" brings 1 hit from FNDDS and 87 from the Branded Food Products Database. Users should note that limited search features and results are available when conducting a search on a mobile device.
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