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NCC News Bite | September 2019

 

 

This edition contains the following articles:

Looking for something on our website?
NDSR 2019 is here!
Updated SAS code available for calculating HEI-2015 Scores
Is there someone you want added to the NCC News Bite listserv?

 


Looking for something on our website?

We have many resources and tools available on our website, but we have heard from some of you that it can be hard to find the information that you are looking for.  Next time you are searching for something, try using our search bar by clicking on the magnifying glass (circled on the image below) on the right side of the menu bar on our home page.  Type in what you are looking for, and ‘Enter’.  You can search on terms such as ‘HEI’, ‘output’, or ‘sample recall procedures’.

 

 


NDSR 2019 is here!

We want to make sure that everyone knows that NDSR 2019 is now available!  If your annual support is current as of July, the primary account holder at your institution should have received an email with a link to download the newest version of NDSR.  If you haven’t already, we highly recommend upgrading to the NDSR 2019, as we have made program improvements and added new foods.  For tips on upgrading, see our FAQ page and click on ‘Upgrading’.  If you did not receive an email with an upgrade link, contact NDSRHelp@umn.edu.

 

 


Updated SAS code available for calculating HEI-2015 Scores

One of the program changes we made in NDSR 2019 affects the NCC Food Group Serving Count System.  If you are calculating  HEI-2015 Scores using data collected in or restored in NDSR 2019 or a subsequent version of the program, we recommend that you use the new SAS Code available on our website.

 

 


Is there someone you want added to the NCC News Bite listserv?

Please email ndsrhelp@umn.edu with the name and email address for anyone you’d like added to our email list.  We send out six to eight emails per year, and we never share or sell email addresses to external parties.

 

NCC News Bite | June 2019

 

This edition contains the following articles:

 

Food Serving Count System and Resulting HEI SAS Code Changes for NDSR 2019
Creating Multiple NDSR Reports at Once (Batch Printing)
New Options for Entering Watermelon Coming in NDSR 2019
Do you know about the “Additional Files” folder available to support analysis of NDSR output file data?


 

Food Serving Count System and Resulting HEI SAS Code Changes for NDSR 2019

 

NCC will expand the NCC Food Group Serving Count System with the release of NDSR 2019 to include six new food groups:

• Unsweetened Flavored Milk Beverage Powder with Non-fat Dry Milk
• Unsweetened Flavored Milk Beverage Powder without Non-fat Dry Milk
• Yogurt – Unsweetened Whole Milk
• Yogurt – Unsweetened Low Fat
• Yogurt – Unsweetened Fat Free
• Dairy-based Unsweetened Meal Replacement/Supplement

These new food groups will help clients who are interested in differentiating between flavored milk beverage powders, yogurts, and dairy-based meal replacements/supplements that are unsweetened vs artificially sweetened (previously unsweetened products were classified in the ‘artificially sweetened’ categories for these foods).

The addition of these food groups has implications for calculating Healthy Eating Index (HEI) 2015 scores, and thus NCC will be providing new SAS code on the NCC website for calculating the HEI 2015. It is recommended that you use the new SAS code instead of the previous code if you are using data collected in or restored in NDSR 2019 or a subsequent version of the program.
 
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Creating Multiple NDSR Reports at Once (Batch Printing)

At times it may be useful to save or print NDSR reports for multiple records at a time. For example, you may want to save Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Reports for several records to email to a colleague, or you may want to print Foods Reports for multiple recalls collected by a dietary interviewer to provide some written notes or feedback from your quality assurance process. To create reports on multiple records within the same project, open one record in the project. Then highlight the records on the left pane for which you want to generate the reports. Next, select the report you want to create from the ‘Reports’ menu. You will then be prompted to select if you want to print or to save the selected reports. If you choose to save, you will then need to browse to the folder where you want the reports to be saved.

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New Options for Entering Watermelon Coming in NDSR 2019

When watermelon is reported in a dietary recall or food record, it can be described as a slice or as cut up in many different ways for eating. To help with more accurate data collection and entry, we have added some additional food specific units for this food.

The standard slice that has been in NDSR is a very large slice–a cylinder that is a full
cross-section of a 7 1/2″ diameter watermelon which is equivalent to about 1.88 cups of
watermelon.

 

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In NDSR 2019, this is now called the extra large slice. In addition to this
pre-existing slice, there is now an 1/8 of that cylinder as a small slice, 1/4 of that cylinder as a medium slice, and 1/2 of that cylinder as a large slice.

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Previous versions of NDSR also provided the ability to enter watermelon in cubic inches or using the food shapes of cylinder and 3D wedge, and it should be noted that these amounts include the rind. In NDSR 2019, there is a new unit available that is fruit only: ‘chunk, 2″ x 1″ x 1″ (without rind). This can be used if a chunk of watermelon is reported without specified dimensions. It can also be used to enter a different size piece of watermelon that is only fruit. One ‘chunk’ has a volume of two cubic inches. If a participant reports a larger chunk without rind, such as 3” x 3” x 2”, this would equal 18 cubic inches of fruit. To enter the amount of that piece, you could select the ‘chunk’ and enter ‘18/2’, or ‘9’ as the quantity, as that larger chunk is equal to 9 NDSR ‘chunks.’
 
Food Specific Unit (FSU) Options Available for Watermelon in NDSR 2019:
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Do you know about the “Additional Files” folder available to support analysis of NDSR output file data?

We provide a number of additional files with the NDSR program that facilitate creating data files for analysis using SAS or Excel. The Additional Files folder is located in C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\NCC\NDSR 2019\Additional Files. These files include:
 
SAS Program Files: In the ‘SAS Programs’ folder you will find files that help you create SAS data sets for all output files and for all record types. These files include code for assigning formats and labels to the SAS variables, and defining the relationships within a set of Output Files. They can be used as templates and modified according to your specific needs.
 
Spreadsheet Column Headers: In the ‘Spreadsheet Column Headers’ folder you will find tab-delimited text files that identify the columns of a specific output file. A common use of these column headers is to paste them into the first row of a spreadsheet, such as Excel, in which you want to view NDSR Output File data. As a reminder, you can also set your Preferences in NDSR so that the column headers are included in the output files (Important Note: Select this option only if intend to view/analyze the output file data in Excel. Creation of a data sets for analysis in statistical programs such as SAS and SPSS will be more complicated if this output file option is selected). Open the Project Preferences, navigate to the User Preferences tab, and check the box for “Include column headers in output files.”

 

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For instructions on how to create and view output files, see the section titled “Creating an Output File” in Chapter 8 of the NDSR User Manual.
 
For more details about the SAS program files, spreadsheet column header files and other “NDSR Additional Files” see Appendix 18 of the NDSR User Manual.

NCC News Bite | April 2019


Healthy Food

 

This edition contains the following articles:

 


Gluten Presentation at Nutrition 2019 Conference
Do you use NDSR for menu planning?
Are Flavonoids of interest in your research?
Guidelines for Resolving Missing Foods
New Foods
NDSR Price Increase Coming July 2019
Why staff may not answer your phone call immediately?


Gluten Presentation at Nutrition 2019 Conference

At the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, June 8-11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland, NCC Director Lisa Harnack will be presenting data on the gluten content of brand name food products in the NCC Food and Nutrient Database. If you are using the gluten values in NDSR or thinking about using them you may find this presentation very helpful and informative.
 
Abstract #: 615334

Title: Gluten Content of Brand Name Food Products in a Food and Nutrient Database that Includes Leading U.S. Food Brands

Presenter: Lisa Harnack

Session: Distinguished Nutritional Epidemiology Abstracts (Flash 10)
Date: 6/9/2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Poster Theater 2 (located in Halls A and B of the Baltimore Convention Center which are part of The Hub, the Nutrition 2019 expo hall)
 
Lisa would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about how you are using NDSR and discuss your NDSR needs and answer questions you may have about the program. Feel free to stop by her presentation or send her an email at harna001@umn.edu if you’d like to arrange a time to meet during the conference.


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Do you use NDSR for menu planning?

We are considering making enhancements to NDSR 2020 to make the program more useful to those using it for planning menus. Consequently, we’d love to talk to those using NDSR for this purpose to learn about your needs. Please send us an email (ndsrhelp@umn.edu) to let us know if you’d be willing to talk with us to share your needs and ideas. You could also send us a written description of NDSR enhancements you’d like made if you haven’t the time for a phone call.


Are Flavonoids of interest in your research?

We are considering adding one or more flavonoids to NDSR. As with every food component we contemplate adding, we consider scientific importance, availability of suitable food composition data, and client interest. To gauge client interest we request that you email us (ndsrhelp@umn.edu) to let us know if flavonoids are of interest to you. Also, it would be helpful to know which particular flavonoids are of highest interest.

 

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Guidelines for Resolving Missing Foods

The following guidelines may be useful to you in determining whether you want to resolve a missing food at your site or submit it to NCC as a New Food Request. Missing dietary supplements should be resolved at your site by creating DSAM User Products (see Appendix 8 of the NDSR User Manual (pdf))

  1. Review the Data-entry Rules in Appendix 15 of the NDSR User Manual (pdf).
  2. Check New Food Backup Files released with the NCC News to see if the food has already been resolved by NCC.
  3. Identify a similar food in the database and record your decision as a data-entry rule.
  4. Identify a similar food in the database and use the View Ingredients Feature (http://www.ncc.umn.edu/ndsr-training-modules/) to alter the food to better match the food the participant reported.
  5. If the missing food is a brand name product, obtain the nutrients on the Nutrition Facts label from the study participant, grocery store, or manufacturer’s website. Identify a similar food in the database and compare its nutrient values with the product’s nutrient values using the following tolerances to determine if the food is a close enough match.

Nutrient tolerances per 100 g product

calories +/- 85.00 kcal
protein +/- 5.00 g
total fat +/- 2.50 g
total carbohydrate +/- 10.00 g
sodium +/- 100.00 mg

If you cannot resolve a missing food at your site submit a New Food Request by completing the New Food Request Form. Resolutions are returned by email as an NDSR backup file within approximately fifteen business days* if nutrient and ingredient information is provided.

If nutrient and/or ingredient information is lacking, a judgment by NCC staff may be made.

*If more than 10 New Food Requests are submitted, allow for approximately 30 business days for the resolutions.

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New Foods

The following foods are included with the NCC News Bite for April 2019. A New Foods Backup File is available for download on our website under New Food Backup Files, “April 2019”.

• Think Thin Protein Cakes – Chocolate
• The Beyond Burger
• Just Crack an Egg – All American Scramble
• Ripple Pea Milk, sweetened original
• Ripple Pea Milk, unsweetened original
• Ripple Pea Milk, vanilla

We typically provide New Food Backup Files twice per year. We are interested to know how useful you find the files. Please send us an email (ndsrhelp@umn.edu) to let us know if you always, occasionally, or rarely use the New Food Backup Files.


NDSR Price Increase Coming July 2019

To keep pace with inflationary increases in expenses, NCC will be increasing our prices 2% effective July 1, 2019. For currently supported clients, the price increase is as follows:

Annual Support – Initial Copy: $4,030 (increase of $80)

Annual Support – Additional Copy: $640 (increase of $15)

NDSR License – Additional Copy: $3,925 (increase of $75)

Contact NCC User Support team for any additional questions.


Why staff may not answer your phone call immediately?

NCC wants to answer your questions about NDSR. To that end, we aim to provide user support Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Central) with the exception of University Holidays. We try our very best to answer incoming phone calls immediately. However, we have a very small User Support staff and can’t always pick up every incoming phone call. Please leave a voicemail message if you don’t reach a staff member or send us an email (ndsrhelp@umn.edu). It’s our goal to address all requests within 8 business hours of receipt.

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NCC News Bite | November 2018

Plums

 

This edition contains the following articles:


New Nutrients in NDSR 2019 – Lignans
Is there a nutrient or other food components you’d like added to NDSR for a research project?
New Food Amounts Reporting Booklet for Infants and Toddlers
New Foods

 


New Nutrients in NDSR 2019 – Lignans

There is growing interest in studying the possible health benefits of lignans, a large group of polyphenols present in a wide variety of plant foods, including seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, sesame), whole grains (rye, oats, barley), bran (wheat, oat, rye), beans, fruit (particularly berries), and vegetables. In order to support this research, we are adding lignans (total and four subtypes) to NDSR 2019.

A large portion of the effort required to add lignans to NDSR is being supported by NIH through a subcontract with Harvard University for the Dietary Etiologies of Heart Disease study (R01HL035464-27).

 


Is there a nutrient or other food components you’d like added to NDSR for a research project?

Let us know about the nutrients or other food components you’d like added to NDSR (
ndsrhelp@umn.edu
), and consider a research partnership to support the addition of a specific nutrient or food component.

The effort (and in turn cost) involved in adding some novel nutrients and food components poses a challenge to their timely addition to NDSR, but this challenge may be addressed through research partnerships. A recent example of a successful partnership is the addition of lignans to NDSR 2019 in response to the needs of a study being conducted by researchers at Harvard University (see article ‘New Nutrients in NDSR 2019 – Lignans’). Gluten was added to NDSR in 2017 through a similar type of partnership with a researcher at Columbia University.

If you are interested in partnering to support the addition of a nutrient or food component to NDSR, please contact us.

 


New Food Amounts Reporting Booklet for Infants and Toddlers

The food amounts reporting booklet used in dietary recall collection for the 2016 Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) is now available for download from our website . The booklet, titled ‘Food Measurement Aids for Infants and Toddlers’*, depicts actual foods or abstract shapes and figures in infant and toddler appropriate sizes (e.g. includes depictions of sippy cups and baby food pouches in various sizes).

 

*This booklet is from Anater AS, Catellier DJ, Levine BA, Krotki KP, Jacquier EF, Eldridge AL, Bronstein KE, Harnack LJ, Lorenzana Peasley JM, Lutes AC. The Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2016: study design and methods. J Nutr 2018;148:1516S–24S.
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New Foods

The following foods are included with the NCC News Bite for November 2018. A New Foods Backup File is available for download on our website under New Food Backup Files ,
“November 2018”.
• Evol Lean & Fit Egg White, Kale, Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese Flatbread
• Gatorade Zero
• Epic Bar – Chicken Sriracha
• Good Karma Flax Milk – Original Flavor
• Kirkland Protein Bar – Chocolate Brownie
• Ezekiel 4:9 Almond Flake Cereal

 

NCC News | Summer 2015


Upcoming Release of NDSR 2015

NCC is putting the finishing touches on NDSR 2015. Below are some of the major updates and additions made to the program:

  • Installation streamlined by providing a download link instead of a CD. See article ‘No More CDs Downloading NDSR’ for further detail.
  • 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.)

 

 

No More CDs – Downloading NDSR

With the release of NDSR 2015, NCC (ndsrhelp@umn.edu) is streamlining the installation process by providing a download link instead of a CD. In July NCC User Support will send an email to you with the subject line “NDSR 2015 Download”.  If you do not receive this email check your Spam folder.

 

In the email there will be a link to download the NDSR 2015 installation. Click the link and you will be directed to Google Drive. No login is required to access this download.

 

Hover the mouse at the top of the page and an ‘options’ toolbar will drop down. Select the Download icon. Google Drive will warn that it cannot scan for viruses due to file size, click the Download anyway button to continue.

 

Open the downloaded .zip folder (Administrator rights may be required). Click Extract all files, browse to a location to store the files and click Extract. Note: Files can, and should, be stored in multiple locations (e.g., C: drive, network drive, USB drive, CD).

 

At this point having Administrator Rights is necessary. Once logged in as a member of the Administrators group, double-click on the setup application to begin the installation.

 

Continue with the installation instructions in Chapter 2 of the NDSR User Manual.

 

 

Policy Changes

Support of Older Versions of NDSR

It has become exceedingly difficult to provide technical support for older versions of NDSR because the program may be installed on a computer that the program was not developed or tested on, or the program is installed on a computer using an obsolete Windows operating system.

 

As a result NCC has decided to no longer provide technical support for versions of NDSR six or more years older than the most current version of the program. This policy will take effect beginning July 1, 2016.

  • Supported clients who request assistance on unsupported versions will be assessed a consultation fee, and there will be no guarantee that the issue(s) can be resolved.
  • Supported clients using unsupported versions of NDSR will be provided a one-time only time-unlimited password.
  • Unsupported clients may request a one-time only time-unlimited password.

 

This new policy will not take effect until a year from now (July 1, 2016) so that those using older version of NDSR have time to transition to a supported version. We are here to help you with this transition. Please contact us if you need assistance. Clients wishing to continue use of an unsupported version of NDSR should contact us to receive a time-unlimited password. All questions can be directed to User Support.

 

New Foods Resolution Requests for Older Versions of NDSR

Effective September 1, 2015 New Foods requests made for versions of NDSR that are five or more years older than the most current version of the program will be deducted two new foods for each request made. NCC reserves the right to turn down a request for a new food for a version of NDSR that is five or more years and older than the most current version if insufficient information is available to resolve the food or the version is no longer compatible with the current operating system.

 

We are making this change in policy because it is substantially more time consuming to resolve foods for versions of NDSR that are five or more years older than the most current version of the program. Please contact User Support if you have any questions.

 

 

NDSR Price Update

The price of Annual Support will increase marginally on July 1, 2015. Annual Support on the initial copy will increase by $100 and additional copies of support will increase by $25. For additional price changes, contact User Support.

 

 

NDSR Client Survey Thank You

Thank you to all NDSR users who took time to respond to our survey. We appreciate your responses and your input.

 

NCC will use the survey results to guide us in determining ways to improve our program, database and user support services.

 

Once again, thank you for helping us as we strive to improve our services and meet your needs.

 

 


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