Tracking your daily nutrient intake is a simple process once you know what to look for on the Internet. An abundance of information is available on the web but some of this information is confusing and reported by invalid sources. Find daily food intake charts with all the nutritive value information you seek with the help of your search engine and keywords to simplify the process. As you search for information, keep in mind that your daily nutrition needs vary depending on your age, so utilize credible sources like the Institute of Medicine to provide this information if you are planning healthy dietary changes.
Start from your search engine on the Internet. Conduct a keyword search combining words like "food chart with calories, protein and carbs." A basic keyword search gives you many options with nutrition values of common foods. If you are looking for specific foods not on the common foods chart, then a specific search is best.
Find specific nutrition values and recommendations. The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, has a detailed online book that provides recommendations of daily nutrient needs. The book also provides descriptive charts indicating calories, proteins, carbohydrates and additional micro-nutrients in specific foods. The online book is approximately 103 pages. You can skip to the foods you are looking for by using the index. From your search engine, type "nutritive value of foods USDA" and the PDF book populates in the top five options.
Skip to single foods to find nutritive values. If you are searching for one particular food rather than several, the USDA has an online nutrient database for standard references. From your search engine, type "nutrient data." Find the result titled "USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory." Click this result and from the "Food Composition" screen on the USDA website, click "Online Searchable Database of Foods."
Type the name of the food you are seeking from the USDA Nutrient Database. The database gives clear directions on how to get the information you seek. Type the keyword such as "chicken," then distinguish the food group such as "poultry product," then click "submit." Several results populate, so choose the item you are seeking, such as "chicken breast tenders, uncooked," then click "submit." The next screen asks for the amount or weight. Click "submit" once you enter this information and your result is given.
Choose an easy-to-read nutrition fact label. To remove extra steps from your search on the USDA website, try the website Nutritionvalue.org, which also uses the USDA database but makes the information more user friendly. In the "find nutritional value of a product" section, type your selected food. For instance, using the same example, type "chicken breast tenders" and click "search." Choose the correct option, like the uncooked version from the previous example, and an easy-to-read nutrition facts label populates with nutrition information.