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What's In Food

Use these resources to learn about nutrients in the foods you eat. Find information on carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and more.

Read about why carbohydrates are important to the body and how they fit in a healthy diet. Explore types of carbs and examples of high carb and low carb foods.

Find how much protein to eat per day, what foods are high in protein, and why protein is important.

Learn what dietary fats do for the body and how much fat is recommended per day. Look up how much fat is in popular foods, like avocados and eggs.

View information on how much fiber you need per day, why fiber is important, and examples of high fiber foods.

Find out about food additives...What they are, what they contribute to foods, how they are regulated, and how to identify them in the foods you eat.

Learn more about phytonutrients and how they play a role in your overall health. Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of phytonutrients, including antioxidants.

Learn more about salt and sodium in your diet and how it affects your health. Find resources and tips for reducing the amount in your diet while keeping the flavor.

USDA, Agricultural Research Service

Look up what’s in the foods that you eat using this system of nutrient databases. 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Find links to International food composition resources, including those from Asia, Africa, Canada, Caribbean, United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.