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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

Next NDSR Training in Minneapolis, April 23-24, 2018


Upcoming NDSR Training Workshops:

  • April 23-24, 2018
  • June 18-19,2018
  • August 13-14, 2018
  • Future training dates available on request.

*Please note training is a two-day workshop on Monday and Tuesday and are held at NCC. Attendance for both days are required.


For more information on training, certification, and registration, see








You Asked, We Responded with Pilot-Pack

NCC now offers a licensing option for pilot studies – the NDSR Pilot-Pack. Similar to our Grad-Pack option, Pilot-Pack is a time-limited license of the Nutrition Data System for Research at a reduced price. The Pilot-Pack offers all of the dietary data collection and analysis capabilities of the NDSR.


Designed to facilitate the use of NDSR in pilot and feasibility studies, the NDSR Pilot-Pack is available for preliminary studies conducted to serve as the basis for a larger study.

Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • the study must be no more than two years in length
  • the annual study budget should be equal to, or less than $100,000 in direct costs.

An application form (pdf) must be completed by the Principal Investigator so that eligibility may be determined by NCC.


At the completion of the pilot study period, the cost of the Pilot-Pack version may be applied to the cost of licensing the standard research version of the NDSR software program.

Contact NCC User Support at 612.626.9450 or for more information.