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.

"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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Roxanne Bogucka
Science Instruction Librarian
Life Science Library


Finding Plant-Based Foods in PubMed is a poster by University of Iowa librarians Eric Rumsey, Janna Lawrence, and Jennifer DeBerg. Searching for nutrition information in PubMed can be problematic because many plant-based food (PBF) terms are not collected under the MeSH term FOOD but rather under PLANTS. This results in many PBF-related articles being missed when one only searches FOOD[MeSH]. The authors provide search strategy tips for finding PBF articles.