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NOTE:  This release of the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference has been superseded.  The current release is SR25Access to Release 16-1 of the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference is provided here for those users who may wish to use it for historical reasons.

The suggested citation for this database is:

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2004. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 16-1. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/nuteintdata

SR16-1 documentation describing all the files, their fields and relationships.  A copy also accompanies each of the download files  below. 

Download files for use on your own computer:

  • Full version 

    • ASCII (4.4Mb) - This file contains the SR17 data in ASCII, delimited files. These tables are organized in a relational format, and are best used with a relational database management system (RDBMS), which will allow you  to form your own queries of the database and generate custom reports.

    • ACCESS (14.7Mb) - This file contains the SR17 data imported into a Micrsoft Access database.  It includes relationships between files and a few sample queries and reports.  You need Micrsoft Access 2000 or later to use this file.

  • Abbreviated - This file contains data for all food items, but not all nutrient values.

    • ASCII (0.75Mb) - delimited file suitable for importing into many programs.

    • Excel (1.5Mb) - for use with Micrsoft Excel, but can also be used by many other spreadsheet programs.

  • Update Files -  Contains updates for those users who have loaded Release 19 into their own computers and wish to do their own updates.

  • ASCII(0.46Mb) - delimited file suitable for import into many programs


Last Modified: 9/28/2012