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What’s New in NDSR 2020?



New – Menu Planner Features

Several new features were added to the Menu record type in NDSR 2020 to streamline use of NDSR for planning nutrient-controlled menus for feeding studies or planning menus in which there are nutrient targets.


These new features will allow the user to specify nutrients of interest for a menu, set nutrient targets with tolerance ranges for that menu, and then adjust food items and amounts to meet targets via a new interactive Planner tab window. A brief video providing an overview of the new Menu Planner Feature is available online.


More information can be found in Chapter 6 – Managing NDSR Menu Records in the NDSR 2020 User Manual.




New – Variable ingredients for whole grain bread, pasta, and rice in mixed dishes and sandwiches

The new variable ingredients prompts users to select between white and whole wheat grain options for many common mixed dishes and sandwiches, allowing for more specificity. 


New Nutrients – Omega-6 Fatty Acids

To support research on Omega-6 fatty acids we added the major Omega-6 fatty acids found in food (PUFA 18:2 n-6; PUFA 18:3 n-6; PUFA 20:4 n-6) to NDSR 2020. In addition, total Omega-6 (sum of the individual Omega-6 fatty acids) was also added to the database and program.


The 6 existing fatty acids were renamed for clarity: 1) added ‘n-3’ to PUFA 20:5 [EPA], PUFA 22:5 [DPA], and PUFA 22:6 [DHA] descriptions, and 2) added ‘undifferentiated’ to PUFA 18:2, PUFA 18:3, and PUFA 20:4.


Food Updates

Many food categories were updated to better reflect the products available in the marketplace. Categories updated include:

  • Frozen treats
  • Lunch meats
  • The following commercial entrée brands: Amy’s, Banquet, Healthy Choice, Hormel / Dinty Moore, Marie Callendar’s, Nestle Hot Pockets & Lean Pockets, and veggie burgers
  • The following fast food restaurants: Chick-Fil-A, KFC, Papa John’s, Sonic, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s
  • Ready-to-eat cereals: Kellogg’s, Post, and Quaker
  • The following brands of meat substitutes were added or updated: Amy’s, Beyond Meat, Boca Burger, Gardein, Good Catch, Impossible Burger, Morningstar Farms, Quorn, Tofurky, and Worthington

A number of new foods were added including:

  • Lasagna, from frozen options
  • Veggie tots
  • Bubble tea
  • Southwest chicken salad
  • Macaroni and cheese from microwave cup (e.g. Easy Mac)
  • Spinach dip
  • Hard seltzer (e.g. White Claw)
  • Lentil flour
  • Coke Energy
  • Additional gluten-free pasta options (e.g. brown rice pasta, edamame, lentil) 


Changes to FDA Reference Amount Customarily Consumed (RACC) incorporated

Changes were made to some of the RACCs (serving sizes) that appear on Nutrition Facts panels as part of the new Nutrition Facts Panel rules implemented in 2020. Accordingly, these changes were made in NDSR. The FDA Serving Size column in output files 01 and 02 align with current RACCs.




The DSAM database was updated with NHANES 2015-2016 Dietary Supplement Database and NCC maintained supplements.

What’s New in NDSR 2015

Every year the NCC Food and Nutrient Database is updated to reflect the dynamic marketplace and the needs of NDSR users. Here are the major updates to the Database made this past year:

  • Drained solid amounts will now be available as an amount conversion for many canned fish, fruits and vegetable products. Foods that are entered by weight may now have the option to choose “after draining” or “before draining”. Example: Beans, black, canned, drained, regular – 15 oz “before draining” is equal to 1.68 cups, whereas, beans, black, canned, drained, regular 15 oz “after draining” is equal to 2.47 cups. Please note that not all canned foods will have this option.
  • For coffee beverages, food specific units (FSU’s) have been added to include short (8 fl oz), tall (12 fl oz), grande (16 fl oz), venti (20 fl oz), shot or solo (1 fl oz), and double or doppio (2 fl oz)
  • DHA milk and coconut beverages are now available as variable ingredients for certain foods, such as mashed potatoes.
  • Omelet and scrambled egg selections have now been updated and the choices have been streamlined.
  • The Dietary Supplement Assessment Module (DSAM) database has been updated with the NHANES 2011-2012 Dietary Supplement Database and NCC maintained supplements.
  • Nutrient updates in USDA Standard Reference (SR) 26 have been incorporated.
  • Non-nutrient updates (e.g., densities, food specific units (FSU), etc.) along with many food and nutrient updates in USDA SR 27 have been added.
  • Updated partial food categories from the USDA Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS) 2011-2012, including eggs, legumes, fruit, fats and sweets.
  • Numerous food categories have been updated to better reflect the products available in the marketplace. Updates include:
    • The following commercial entrée brands: Lean Cuisine, Pillsbury, Stouffers, Weight Watchers
    • The following fast food restaurants: Long John Silver’s, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Taco John’s, White Castle
    • Artificial sweeteners
    • Beef
    • Pork
    • Egg substitutes
    • Shortening
    • Numerous categories of snacks (e.g., chips, pretzels, party mixes, popcorn, etc.)

If you have any questions about the software upgrade process or wish to discuss whether upgrading at this time is right for your study, please contact NCC User Support.