This article is a compilation of links to the different sources used in NutriAdmin when creating meal plans. The sources include:

  • nutritional information for food items
  • dietary reference intakes
  • formulas to calculate nutritional parameters

Nutritional information for food items USDA

Nutritional data is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.
More information can be found on the link below:

Food Data Central (New version)

Nutritional information for food items UK

NutriAdmin allows you to use McCance and Widdowson's UK Food Composition database when creating a meal plan or recipe. The data for this database is provided by

  • Public Health England

You can learn more at:

UK Database

Nutritional information for food items AUSNUT

When creating a meal plan, recipe, or meal preset in NutriAdmin, you can search the AUSNUT food database to find Australian and New Zealand products. This database is provided by:

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand

You can check the following link to learn more about AUSNUT and the source of this data:

AUSNUT Database

Dietary reference intakes

Values for dietary reference intakes for micronutrients, as well as data for tolerable upper levels is provided by the Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies.
For reference, please check:

Dietary Reference Intakes


For the Body Mass Index (BMI), please check:

BMI Formula

The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is calculated using the Harris-Benedict equation:

Harris Benedict BMR

Protein DRI Formula

The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) for daily protein based on body weight is:

  • 0.36 grams per lb of body weight (US)
  • 0.8 grams per kg of body weight (EU)

The formula used to calculate daily protein consumption based on lean body mass is:

  • 0.5 gram of protein per lb of lean body mass (US)
  • 1 gram of protein per kg of lean body mass (EU)

Protein recommendations are increased by 25% for athletes, people over the age of 70, and pregnant/lactating women.