Handy Online Resources for Reliable Nutrition Information

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. Learn where you can find up-to-date and reliable information about healthy eating, nutrition news, grocery shopping on a budget and more. (Image credit: https://twitter.com/NIMHD/status/712306756362366978)

With March being National Nutrition Month, it seems appropriate to gather high-quality reliable and accurate sources for nutrition information for future reference. While there’s a wealth of information available, not all of it is equally reliable.

The science of nutrition has enjoyed an influx of new information based on the science now available to better understand and evaluate food and drink. As discussed in an earlier The Daily Voice News article, Evaluating Online Health Information and Research, not all information is created equally. Look for information from unbiased sources first – educational and government sites – before looking toward information from those trying to sell products or services or representing a specific concept or ideology.

Handy Online Resources for Reliable Nutrition Information

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association

  • EatRight.org
  • Organization of food and nutrition professionals committed to improving people’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics.
  • Website provides a wide range of food, nutrition and fitness information, including recipes and videos, site segments devoted to kids, parents, men, women and seniors.
  • Website provides a “Search” feature so you can find what you’re looking for specifically.

United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Information Center

  • fnic.nal.USDA.gov or Nutrition.gov
  • The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) provides information about food and human nutrition through the National Agricultural Library (NAL).
  • Access a wide variety of food and nutrition information from the MyPlate Supertracker to the FNIC RSS news feed to the searchable USDA nutrient database to the 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and more.
  • Website provides a “Search” feature, allowing you to find what interest you specifically.

BBC Food Dictionary and Encyclopedia

  • bbc.co.uk/food
  • Website features an alphabetical listing of food and recipe ingredients that provide an overview of the subject matter from explanation to a buyer’s guide, food preparation, and a variety of recipes from which to choose that use that food or ingredient.
  • Website has a “Search” feature allowing you to find what you want with ease. You can also search this site for a specific chef or food program of the BBC.
  • Additional features of this website include sections with access to BBC food programs and to the chefs of those programs.

Berkeley Wellness/Healthy Eating from Berkeley University of California

  • BerkeleyWellness.com/healthy-eating
  • One section of the Berkeley Wellness website focuses on healthy eating with featured articles on health and nutrition, recipes and more.
  • Other sections of the Berkeley Wellness website include fitness, healthy mind, health community, self care and more

Eat Smart, Be Fit Maryland Blog

  • eatsmartmd.blogspot.com
  • Nutrition information in plain language, ideas for stretching your food dollars and recipes that are easy to prepare and easy on the budget through the University of Maryland food extension.
  • Website has a “Search” feature for easy use.

Nutrition Blog Network

  • nutritionblognetwork.com
  • As the name suggests, this is a network of bloggers, all Registered Dietitians, writing on a variety of topics in health, food and nutrition.

The Nutrition Source by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/
  • A variety of topics are covered, including sustainability, the Healthy Eating Plate (available in 20 languages), Ask the Expert, nutrition news, disease prevention, healthy drinks and more.
  • Website has a “Search” feature for ease of use.

Other resources for nutrition information include your health care provider, state and local university extensions, health departments, and local hospitals.

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