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Are there reliable websites I can visit for nutrition information?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, there are quite a few reliable websites for nutrition information. Below are just a few of my favorites:
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics eatright.org
  • Kidseatright.org
  • foodallergy.org
  • choosemyplate.gov
  • pcrm.org
  • heart.org
  • diabetes.org
  • cancer.org
Some wonderful, credible internet resources for nutrition information include the following:
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics -- www.eatright.org
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 800/342-2383, www.diabetes.org
  • American Heart Association, 800/242-8721, www.americanheart.org
  • American Institute for Cancer Research, 800/843-8114, www.aicr.org
  • American Cancer Society, 800/ACS-2345, www.cancer.org
  • Food Allergy Network, 800/929-4040, www.foodallergy.org
  • CDC -- www.cdc.gov
  • NIH Office of Dietary Supplements -- http://ods.od.nih.gov/
  • NIH National heart Lung and Blood Institute -- http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/
Janis Jibrin, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, there are a number that offer reliable nutrition information. (And some distinctly unreliable ones as well, so beware!) My list isn’t comprehensive; these are sites I frequent.
  • Eatright.org, from American Dietetic Association’s. In addition to their “For the Public” section, also especially useful is the “find a registered dietitian” service.
  • www.nutrition.gov, jointly run by the USDA and DHHS, provides nutrition information as well as links to other government sites offering nutrition info.
  • nccam.nih.gov is from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. These are fields prone to misinformation, so this site is an important first step in your search for reliable info in this area.
  • ods.od.nih.gov, from NIH’a Office of Dietary Supplements, provides comprehensive info on vitamins, minerals and other supplements.
  • lpi.oregonstate.edu -- it’s the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University; also with terrific information on vitamins and minerals. 
  • heart.org is the American Heart Association’s website which covers a lot of the dietary links to heart disease, including recommendations on omega-3 fats.
  • http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute has good information on diet and heart disease. 
  • http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/ is the website of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), with obesity treatment info on their “WIN” network: http://win.niddk.nih.gov
  • www.mayoclinic.com, sponsored by the world-famous Mayo Clinic covers the health gamut, including nutrition. 
  • TheBestLife.com. I can’t resist tooting my own horn; I contribute to this paid site which offers an un-gimmicky, science-based program to losing weight through exercise and a balanced diet. Subscribers can also switch over to the diabetes/pre-diabetes version of the program.
  • cspinet.org -- the site of the influential consumer watchdog organization Center for Science in the Public Interest. The very useful “Chemical Cuisine” section rates food dyes and additives in terms of safety.
  • www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed  A search engine for scientific journals where you can research most any health-related subject.

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