Nutrition Links

A wealth of nutrition information is available on the internet. The Micronutrient Calculator gives an indication of average nutrient intakes within the United States population, and does not apply for individuals. There are many online tools available that allow nutrient intake assessments for one person. Here are some links to tools that enable more precise nutrient intake calculations for individuals, and for information about micronutrients.

Nutrition Calculators for Individuals


SuperTracker is a free tool that allows people to track the foods that they eat, along with other tools that can be used to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. The "Nutrient Intake Report" gives an overview not just on total calories and macronutrients, but also nine minerals, twelve vitamins, and a breakdown of types of fats eaten, including omega-3 fatty acids. It is produced by the US FDA.

Basal Energy Expediture Calculator

Cornell University provides this useful tool to calculate how much energy the average person expends, based on gender, age, height, weight and activity level using the Harris-Benedict Equation.

DHA Calculator

DHA (otherwise known as docosahexaenoic acid) is a long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid. This calculator allows individuals to calculate their DHA intakes based on many common foods in the American diet.

Fruit, Vegetable and Fiber Screener

This simple screener provides feedback on whether your fruit, vegetable and fiber intake is adequate based on recommendations.

Tools for Nutrition Professionals

Body Weight Simulator

How do changes in caloric intake affect body weight? This simulator uses information about gender, age and activity levels to show expected changes in body weight with calorie deficits.

Interactive Dietary Reference Intake Tool

This tool helps healthcare professionals to plan diets using the US Dietary Reference Intakes.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

Very detailed nutrition information on almost 8,000 foods is contained in this searchable database. Related information includes Nutrient Lists, which contains foods in the database with the highest content of 41 food nutrients, the Choline Database and full text versions of some food composition classic texts.

Micronutrient Information

Vitamin Basics

This site provides detailed information about all 12 vitamins, and pro-vitamin A beta-carotene.

100 Years of Vitamins

In 2012, the vitamins celebrate their 100th birthday. The word "vitamin" was coined in 1912 to describe the compounds required in minute quantities to support life. This site contains information about the vitamins, current research interests, and the challenges in providing balanced nutrition to the world.