How to Conduct a Nutrient Density View Search
The Nutrient density view option allows you to compare similar foods in an “apples-to-apples” way. Here’s how it works and how you conduct this type of food look up.

Select the Nutrient density view option from the Search type down-down menu. Select a Food Category. In this example, let's select the Fruits food category. Click Apply.

You can specify your comparison level value based on either calories or grams. The default calorie level is 100 calories (kcal), but you can type in a different value if you like. When you specify a comparison level of 100 calories, you will be viewing the nutrient data for 100 calorie “serving sizes” of all foods in your selected food category. Similarly, if you specify 100 grams as your comparison level, you will be viewing the nutrient data for 100 gram “serving sizes” of all foods in your selected food category.

Click the “USDA” button to select the research quality data from the USDA. (You can choose other databases if you like.)

Click the “Search” button to conduct this search. In the search results screen below, we clicked the column header for Protein. Notice that the food items in this display are sorted from high-to-low based on the Protein values for 100-calorie “servings” of each fruit.

To rank all Fruit based on any other nutrient, scroll to that nutrient and click its column header. Click the column header again to reverse the sort.

In the Serving Size column, notice that each serving is for 100 calories of that food and the amount is provided in this Serving Size column for your convenience.

Click any column header to sort all the displayed data from high-to-low based on the value in that column. Click the same column header again to reverse the sort order. You can do this for any nutrient.

To add one of the displayed Food Items to a Food Log, Recipe, Meal, or Meal Plan (depending on which NutriBase window you happen to be in), highlight it then:

  1. Drag and drop it into the food list in the upper left of this window,
  2. Click the “Add selected item” button, or
  3. Right click and select the option to Add selected food item.

Notes: When you right click over your search results in this screen, you get the following menu. This menu gives you a variety of options:

When you select Food Categories you have the option to also select the subcategories for the major Food Categories. We call this option using the Advanced Food Categories option. To enable this, right click over the area where you search results are displayed and checking the "Advanced Food Categories" option. Turn this option off by un-checking this option.

The Auto Search option tells NutriBase to reconduct the previous search when you select another Food Category.

The Search Footer option allows you to search for strings within your search results if desired.

Hide/Show nutrients allows you to select which nutrients you want to display in your Search Results.

Reset columns returns your nutrient columns to their original default positions (after you have rearranged them by dragging and dropping them into a new sequence).

Add selected Item adds the selected item to your Food Log, Recipe, Meal, etc.

Selecting Item details shows all the data for the selected food item in a single screen view. (You can also do this by simply double-clicking any food item.)

Add to PFI will transfer the selected food item and add it to your Personal Foods as a PFI. (You can go back to it later and edit it as desired.)

Item cost allows you to add the cost of any highlighted food item.

This topic updated 07/16/2014

This topic updated 06/24/2015

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