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Welcome to NAT Version 2.0

NAT is provided as a public service by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Illinois. The tool is intended to empower individuals to select a nutrient dense diet. It is not intended to replace the advice of a physician or health professional.

The database used by NAT is composed of the USDA Handbook #8 and information from food companies. The data should not be taken as an exact representation of the nutrient content of your diet. The numbers used for analysis are averages and there is great variance in nutrient content for each food item in the database. The nutrient information is also not complete for every food listed in NAT as there are still gaps in our knowledge of food composition.

With these limitations in mind, I believe that the tool can provide valuable information on the relative composition of food and I hope this tool will aid you in your quest to achieve or maintain good health via nutritious eating.

Bon Appétit
Jim Painter
Jim Painter Ph.D., R.D.
Assistant Professor

NAT Disclaimer:
By using this tool, you agree that neither the University of Illinois nor any of the NAT creators shall have any liability for any use or misuse of the information which you obtain from using NAT. The information provided through NAT is not meant as a replacement for the advice of a healthcare professional such as a physician or dietitian. Nutrition analysis is not an exact science, and while the creators of NAT have tried to make the information as accurate as possible, the creators and the University make no representations that the information will be complete or accurate and accept no liability for any omissions or inaccuracies in the information obtained from NAT.

NAT Permissions Statement:
Nutrition Analysis Tool (NAT) is a software research tool owned by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. It was created as an aide for research and educational purposes. NAT and the information in NAT may be used free for non-commercial purposes. Should specific intended uses of NAT be commercial in nature or otherwise benefit the user financially, a commercial license will be required. Such license will be according to terms and conditions set at the sole discretion of the University of Illinois. To inquire about potential licensing, please contact the Research and Technology Management Office (RTMO) at: E-mail:; Phone: (217) 333-7862; Facsimile: (217) 244-3716; Mail: Fourth Floor Swanlund Administration Building, 601 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820.