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What’s New in NDSR 2022

NDSR 2022 Program Updates
 HEI 2015 Output Files and Reports added to NDSR 2022
In NDSR 2022, new Healthy Eating Index (HEI) output data files are provided that include HEI 2015 total and component scores for dietary recall, food record, and menu record types. One of the files provides the HEI total and component scores at the intake record or menu level, and the other provides scores at the meal level. In addition to including index total and component scores, the files will include the variables on which scores are based (e.g. serving of vegetables in cup equivalents).
The new HEI Reports included in NDSR 2022 are designed for use in providing study participants/patients with information on the nutritional quality of their diet. Menu planners may find the report useful as a quick way of evaluating the extent to which planned menus align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Along with listing total and component scores for both adequacy and moderation components (page 1 of report), the report explains how to maximize your score for each component (page 2 of report).  You will be able to generate a report that provides HEI total and component scores for one intake record or menu, and another report can be generated to provide HEI total and component scores across a set of intake records or menus (e.g. across multiple dietary recall records for a participant).
 Data collected in NDSR 2013 or a subsequent version of the program may be restored in NDSR 2022 for creation of HEI 2015 reports and output files. However, HEI reports cannot be generated and HEI output files will be missing or have blank values for all HEI 2015 variables.
 Note: Two differences exist between the calculations used for NDSR 2022 HEI 2015 Output Files and the Legacy SAS code provided on the NCC website.  Please see the Healthy Eating Index web page for the differences in how some contributing dietary constituents are calculated between the two methods.
 2022 NCC Food and Nutrient Database Updates
 Updates to meat, poultry, fish and mixtures; grain products; fruits; and vegetables categories in FNDDS 2017-2018 were integrated.
 The Dietary Supplement Assessment Module (DSAM) database was updated to integrate the NHANES 2017-March 2020 Pre-Pandemic Database (January 2022) and to update NCC maintained brands of fiber, calcium, and multivitamin supplements.
 Salad dressings were updated. Over 500 brand name salad dressings are now included in NDSR.  New products lines added include Annie’s, Bolthouse Farms, Healthy Choice, Ken’s Steak House, and Store Brand (e.g. Great Value).
 Special formulated drink category was updated. A total of 385 brand name drinks are now included in NDSR. As part of the update for this category, we added a number of new product lines, including Body Fortress, Fairlife Core Power, Muscle Milk, Orgain, PediaSure, Premier Protein, Pure Protein, and Quest.
Ultra-filtered milks were added to the milk hierarchy and as a variable ingredient option for foods that may be prepared with milk.
Fast food and commercial entrée updates were carried out. The following fast food restaurants were updated: Arby’s, Burger King, Chipotle, Hardee’s, Little Caesars, Subway, Taco John’s, and White Castle. The following commercial entrée brands were updated: Chef Boyardee, Jenny Craig, Kashi, Michelina’s, Smucker’s Uncrustables, and Stouffer’s.
Other brand name categories updated include General Mills ready-to-eat cereals and Girl Scout cookies.
Foods unique to Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, and Somali cooking traditions were added. NCC continued the initiative to add foods unique to Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, and Somali cooking traditions. A list is available for the 75 new foods added to NDSR 2022.
Some additional foods added include:

Beet juice

Chokecherry – fresh

Cold cut sandwich on loaf bread

Jute (ewedu, lalo, or saluyot)


Sausage options for mixed dishes with pasta, with rice, and without pasta or rice

Vegetables, mixed and/or combination vegetables, broccoli and cauliflower

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.