Nutritional Information at Your Fingertips

National database available for download

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MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- If you want to have quick access to nutrition information, you can download the U.S. National Nutrient Database onto your personal computer or laptop.

The free, searchable database lists up to 117 nutrients for more than 6,000 food items. Once you download the database onto your hard drive, you no longer have to go online to access the information.

The database uses about 70 megabytes of disk space on the hard drive. It runs on Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Here's where you can go to download the National Nutritent Database.

Among the features on the database is a portion modifier. After clicking on a food item, you can use the portion modifier to choose from a variety of standard portion sizes, or you can increase or decrease the amounts to suit your needs.

The database also includes the word "not" as a search term. This enables users to screen out unwanted foods by designating, for instance, "carrots, not raw."

More information

Here's where you can learn more about nutrition.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture, news release, August 2003
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