This web site allows simple searches of the USDA Food Composition. Enter one or more keywords in the indicated box and click on “GO”. This will perform a search of the food descriptions including ingredients using the specified keywords.

Alternatively, when the user enters a few letters in the search box the program will use auto-suggest to assist by producing a pull down menu, identifying items from the database. You can scroll down and click on the specific item you want. Pressing the enter key will give you the first item in the pull down box. You may also enter the NDB No. of the food item which will take you directly to the designated item.

Searches may be filtered by manufacturer, data source or, in the case of the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference database, food group by selecting from the dropdown list of terms under each filter.