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What’s New in NDSR 2021

Our work for NDSR 2021 focused on making updates to a number of food product categories so that foods and nutrients in NDSR reflect today’s marketplace. We also added a number of foods to the database so that foods consumed by Americans are better represented. Below is a description of the key updates and additions you’ll find in NDSR 2021.
Margarines/Margarine-like products and Buttery Spreads In 2015 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) were no longer Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS), with removal from products by January 1, 2020 mandated. As a result, major shifts in margarine products have occurred in recent years with products today free of industrially produced trans-fat and composed of different blends of oils than in the past. Consequently, we’re pleased to report that margarines and spreads in NDSR 2021 reflect today’s marketplace. In addition to updating existing product lines (e.g. Parkay, Country Crock, Blue Bonnet) numerous new product lines were added including Earth Balance, Imperial, Olivio, and Pure Blends. Users will find more than 90 brand name and about 85 new generic margarine options in NDSR.
Ice Creams and Frozen Yogurt Brand name ice creams were updated and expanded, with NDSR 2021 including close to 900 brand name ice creams. New product lines for ice creams added include Halo Top, Hood, Izzy’s, Lactaid, Magnum, Mayfield, Prairie Farms, Tillamook, Turkey Hill, and Umpqua. Also updated were the generic sections for gelato, frozen custard, Dippin’ Dots, sherbet, and sorbet.
With the frozen yogurt market shrinking, branded frozen yogurts have been removed from the database. NDSR 2021 still includes a variety of generic options which were updated to reflect the frozen yogurts that are currently on the market.
Granola Bars and Special Formulated Bars Close to 600 brand name bars are now included in NDSR. As part of the update work for this category we added a number of new product lines, including EPIC (meat-based bars), Gatorade, Met-Rx, Muscle Milk, Perfect, Power Crunch, Premier Protein, Protein One, Quest, RXBAR, Think!, and Zone.
Restaurant and Commercial Entrée Updates The following fast food restaurants were updated: Dairy Queen, Domino’s, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Panda Express. The following commercial entrée brands were updated: Kid Cuisine, Lean Cuisine, Pillsbury, and Smart Ones.
Addition of Foods Unique to Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, and Somali Cooking Traditions
To improve the representativeness of foods in NDSR, we have begun an initiative to add foods unique to Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, and Somali cooking traditions. Below are new foods added to NDSR 2021. In the coming years watch for the inclusion of a growing number of foods for these cuisines.
Curry with goat                                            Samosa (sambusa, sambosa, sambuza, or singara)

Fufu made with cassava                                             Shaah adays (Somali spiced tea with milk)

Fufu made with plantain and cassava                  Shaah bigays (Somali spiced tea)

Jamaican coco bread                                                   Somali halwa (xalwa)
Some Additional New Foods Added

Bolt24 Antioxidant                                                          Fry sauce (e.g. mayo ketchup)

Bolt24 Energize                                                                 Mango – frozen and canned options

Coke with Coffee                                                              Pink beans

Coke with Coffee Zero Sugar                                       Sugar free strawberry syrup

Cranberry beans                                                               Yellow beans

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.