In an effort to promote healthy eating habits, the US Department of Agriculture has launched a new online food and fitness tracker called SuperTracker as a part of its MyPlate campaign. While SuperTracker offers standard health regulation tools such as a daily consumption diary and an exercise tracker, its most unique feature is Food-A-Pedia, a vast nutritional database. Food-A-Pedia offers detailed nutritional information on more than 8,000 foods. Unlike the manufacturer-derived nutrition facts found on product labels, the information on Food-A-Pedia comes from chemical analyses performed by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. As a result, consumers now have access to a detailed analysis of the vitamins, minerals and Omega-3s contained in their food.
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