NCC News Bite | June 2021


This edition contains the following articles:



Initiative to Add Culturally Relevant Cuisines to NDSR

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. Starting with NDSR 2021 watch for the inclusion of a growing number of foods for these cuisines.


Photo: Tomme Beevas, owner of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Minneapolis, MN. Photographed for the MNDaily by Elle Moulin.


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Dietary Assessment in Pregnant Women and Children ages 2 to 11 years

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently held a series of four workshops to explore the evidence on methodological approaches to conducting intake assessment of food and dietary supplements in pregnant women and children ages 2 to 11 years. The workshops explored issues related to methods used to examine total usual food and dietary supplement intakes, best practices in dietary assessment applications used to estimate total intakes of food and supplements in population groups, and data gaps in dietary assessment methodologies.


Several NDSR Users presented data including Andrea Anater from RTI who presented on the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS). The Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), started by Gerber in 2002, is the largest dietary intake study in the United States to examine what and how infants and toddlers eat every day. 


Recordings of all of the National Academics workshops are available here.


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Do you need a way of rapidly identifying foods that are high or low in a specific nutrient or other food component?

The Nutrition Coordinating Center works every day to maintain and update the comprehensive research-quality NCC Food and Nutrient Database. In addition to supporting NDSR, this database may be licensed by software developers and researcher for a variety of purposes. One of the files that may be licensed, the Nutrients Per Common Portion Size file, allows you to easily sort foods by nutrient content (e.g, identify foods highest in a nutrient like Vitamin K).  If you are interested in learning more about this file or would like to license it, contact us here.


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NDSR Client Survey Reminder

Recently, NCC sent a brief survey to the primary contact for each of our client institutions. We are conducting this survey to increase our understanding of the needs of those who use the NDSR software. If you have already responded, please accept our thanks and disregard this friendly reminder.
If you have not yet completed the survey, please consider helping us. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time.  Your response is important as results will help us improve NDSR and our services. Thank you.


No Price Increase for July 2021 – June 2022

Current prices for NDSR licensing and annual support will remain the same through June 2022. The NCC price list is available here.


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