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Using NetNutrition

NetNutrition® is an online dietary tool that allows our customers to make educated food choices. This service allows visitors to:

  • View nutrition information for individual items, or calculate the nutrition of an entire meal
  • View weekly menu offerings
  • Filter by dining locations, allergens, or specific dietary preferences, including vegan or vegetarian

Most importantly, NetNutrition® provides information to enable our customer to learn healthy eating habits and choose well balanced meals.
How do I use NetNutrition®?

  1. Visit NetNutrition
  2. Choose the dining commons you plan to visit or have visited. (Carrillo, De La Guerra, Ortega, or Portola)
  3. Choose daily selection, date, and meal (e.g. lunch).
    • You can plan ahead by looking at different dining commons and meals to review menu options.
    • Menus will be provided to include 7 consecutive days.
  4. Don’t forget to add any condiments, beverage, or breads to complete your meal.

Nutrition Analysis

  1. Choose the menu items you want analyzed.
    • Don't forget to change the standard serving size (located on the far right) to reflect your actual portion size.
  2. It’s easy to get nutrition information by simply hovering over the desired items. Or you can select the item(s) you want to review, and then select “Item Nutrition”. Compare items side by side and see which one is a better choice for you.
  3. To get your entire meal’s nutritional information, select the desired item(s) and click “Add Items”. You will see your options in the upper right corner under “My Meal”. By clicking “Meal Nutrition” you can review the total nutritional content of your selected meal.
  4. After reviewing the nutrition summary for Calories, Fat, Protein, Carbohydrates and Sodium, take a look at the dietary recommendations on our Dining Page website and make any necessary adjustments.

    Allergy and Preference Filters

    • Use the Allergy filter to control which foods are displayed. The most common allergies are listed in the lower right corner. Check all of the allergens you want to avoid and those food items containing the allergen will no longer be displayed on the menu. For example, if you check the allergen box for milk, only menu items without milk will appear on your list of menu choices.
    • Also notice the Preference filter which offers our most common food preferences including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. As you filter your menu options notice the changes, as foods not containing the specific preference will no longer be displayed on the menu.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Where can I find nutritional information about food served in our Dining Commons?
      • Visit our Dining site and use NetNutrition to find out nutritional information about food options. Review nutrition content of items before you choose what to eat. Calculate your meals total nutrition values and filter menu options by dining common, allergens or preferences.
    2. How are values calculated in NetNutrition?
      • NetNutrition’s nutrition analysis is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Information is established on USDA information, standardized recipes and ingredient labels. All information is approximate, as nutrition values are susceptible to change.
    3. How do I estimate the portion size of the food I eat at the Dining Commons?
      • Baseball= 1 cup of salad greens, 1 medium fruit
      • Computer mouse = ¾ cup
      • Tennis Ball = ½ cup of fresh fruit, cooked rice, pasta, or ice cream
      • Deck of Cards = 3 oz. portion of meat, fish or poultry
      • Dice = 1 teaspoon of margarine, butter or spreads
      • Glass at Dining Commons = 1.5 cups (12 oz.)
      • Coffee mug at Dining Commons = 1 cup (8 oz.)


    UCSB Residential Dining Services is committed to identifying ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food allergies, but also identifying ingredients containing gluten. We do extensive training with our employees to ensure safe food handling procedures are followed. Because we prepare our food in commercial kitchens, there is always a risk of cross contact of allergens as well as gluten. Furthermore, we want to ensure that our consumers are aware that allergens and gluten ingredients are susceptible to change. Deviation from the recipe, product substitution, manufacturing practices and other factors may take place. To note, manufacturers of the commercial foods UCSB Dining uses may change their formulation of ingredients or substitute other ingredients at any time, without notice. Students with food allergies, celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are encouraged to contact our Registered Dietitian for additional information and/or support.
    To better serve our guests with food allergies we strongly encourage them to self-identify as having food allergies and/or specific health related dietary restrictions and to meet with our dietitian and management team to review our protocols and available options to meet their specific need. We currently work with many guests with allergies and/or specific nutritional concerns and look forward to continuing to do so.