Reference Tools

Dietary Reference Intakes - DRIs

This set of books from the Institute of Medicine provides a "set of four reference values: Estimated Average Requirements (EAR), Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), Adequate Intakes (AI), and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), that have replaced the 1989 Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs)."

Some titles are available online; others are in the Chemistry and Life Science libraries in book form.

Search the library catalog for exact locations.

Fast Food Nutrition Facts Calculator

MyPlate is an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits by encouraging them to build a healthy plate, consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Replaces the USDA Food Pyramid.

The Nutrition Analysis Tool

A web-based program that allows anyone to analyze the foods they eat for different nutrients.

"Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers."

USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans

"...authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases." Full text is available in HTML and PDF formats.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

"Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers."

USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory

Access to the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

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The Food and Nutrition Information Center's Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Calculator for Healthcare Professionals has gone mobile, putting BMI, calorie, and nutrient recommendations right at your fingertips.  By using the DRI Calculator App on iOS and Android devices, healthcare professionals can access the nutrient calculations and recommendations that are based on the DRI values in a more convenient and user-friendly format. Through this new app, healthcare professionals can save time in the nutrition care process for patients and clients while having access to credible nutrition guidance.

To download the "DRI Calculator for Healthcare Professionals" app, go to the iTunes or Google Play stores. This app is free and available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.