NCC News Bite | March 2022


This edition contains the following articles:

Food and Nutrient Database updates coming in NDSR 2022
NCC publication highlights
Zoom NDSR training workshops are filling up quickly
NDSR price increases coming July 2022

Food and Nutrient Database Updates Coming in NDSR 2022

In the January News Bite we shared the exciting news about the addition of Healthy Eating Index (HEI) 2015 total and component scores to NDSR output files and the creation of an HEI report. In this News Bite we highlight major updates and expansions to the NCC Food and Nutrient Database. These include:
Foods unique to Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, and Somali cooking traditions in the U.S.
Many foods that are unique to specific cultural groups in the U.S. (e.g. Alaskan Native, Pima Indian, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican-American, Korean-American, etc.) are currently available in NDSR. To continue to improve the representativeness of foods in NDSR, we have continued our initiative to add more foods unique to Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, and Somali cooking traditions in the US. Over 75 foods consumed by these immigrant groups were added to NDSR 2022.

Commercial entrée and fast food updates
The following commercial entrée brands were updated: Chef Boyardee, Jenny Craig, Kashi, Michelina’s, Smucker’s Uncrustables, and Stouffers. Fast food chains updated include Arby’s, Burger King, Chipotle, Hardee’s, Little Caesars, Subway, Taco John’s, and White Castle.
Salad dressings updated
NCC created over 300 new entries for brand name salad dressings to more accurately reflect fat, total carbohydrate, cholesterol, and sodium in these products. In the process of updating salad dressings, we observed that at present most brand name salad dressings don’t say “reduced calorie” on the label. Rather, they say “light” or “lite” in relation to the regular counterpart, and consequently they are not necessarily low calorie products. New salad dressing product lines added to the 2022 database include: Annie’s, Bolthouse Farms, Healthy Choice, Ken’s Steak House, and store brand (e.g. Great Value). This means NDSR 2022 includes a total of 511 salad dressing brand-name products.

Special formulated drinks and powders
New special formulated drink product lines added to the 2022 database include: Body Fortress, Fairlife Core Power, Muscle Milk, Orgain, PediaSure, Premier Protein, Pure Protein, and Quest.

Other brand name products
NCC also updated General Mills ready to eat cereals (88 cereals in total) and Girl Scout cookies (16 varieties).
Ultra-filtered milks added
NCC added ultra-filtered milks to the milk hierarchy, and they are also included as a variable ingredient option for foods that may be prepared with milk. These dairy milk-based products contain 50% more protein and 50% less sugar when compared to regular milk, and are lactose free. Like regular milk, they are available with varying percent fat and flavors.
Other food category updates
Using FNDDS 2017-2018 data we updated the following categories: meat, poultry, fish and mixtures; grain products; fruits; and vegetables.
Phytic acid and mannitol values for tomato products updated
New and better analytic values on the phytic acid and mannitol content of tomatoes were used to update values for these food components for all tomato containing products in NDSR 2022.
DSAM – The Dietary Supplement Assessment Module (DSAM) database has been updated with NHANES 2017-March 2020 Dietary Supplement Database and NCC-maintained supplements. NCC maintained supplements include major brands of multivitamins, fiber supplements, calcium supplements, and calcium containing non-prescription antacids.

42nd National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC)

Preliminary program and registration are now available for the 42nd National Nutrient Database Conference, May 16-18″ For information on registering, visit the NNDC website. NCC staff will be presenting one poster and three oral presentations at the conference.


NCC Publication Highlights

NCC leadership and staff have been involved in two recent publications–one related to the nutrient content of margarine/margarine-like products and butter blend products available in the US marketplace today and another describing a new measurement tool to assess the dietary quality of toddlers in accordance with federal nutrition guidelines. Links to the full articles are provided below.
Weber C, Harnack L, Johnson A, Jasthi B, Pettit J, Stevenson J. Nutrient comparisons of margarine/margarine-like products, butter blend products and butter in the US marketplace in 2020 post-FDA ban on partially hydrogenated oils. Public Health Nutr. 2021 Nov 2:1-8.

Kay MC, Duffy EW, Harnack LJ, Anater AS, Hampton JC, Eldridge AL, Story M. Development and Application of a Total Diet Quality Index for Toddlers. Nutrients. 2021 Jun 5;13(6):1943.


Zoom NDSR training workshops are filling up quickly

The Zoom format for NDSR training workshops continues to be popular with both new and existing clients. As a result, we have had to close registration early for several recent workshops. If you are considering attending a future training, we encourage you to register early. The next NDSR Training is scheduled for April 25-26, 2022. Registration on our website will close when the workshop fills, or on April 7, whichever comes first.


NDSR Price Increase Coming July 2022

NCC held prices steady over the course of the pandemic. But, to keep pace with current inflationary increases in expenses we must now institute price increases. Effective July 1, 2022 annual support and licensing fees will increase by 5%. For currently supported clients, the new pricing is as follows:
NDSR License – Initial Copy: $6,350 (increase of $300)
NDSR License – Additional Copy: $4,120 (increase of $195)
Annual Support – Initial Copy: $4,230 (increase of $200)
Annual Support – Additional Copy: $670 (increase of $30)
Contact the NCC User Support team for any additional questions.