NCC News Bite | April 2019


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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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