This is a guest post from Brian Jenkins of BrainTrack.
A large number of websites offer information about nutrition, and many of these claim to offer the best information available. However, the main objective of many websites is to sell products and/or make money from advertisements, and content is not a priority. Let’s take a look at some of the quality nutrition websites.
Harvard School of Public Health
The Harvard School of Public Health offers “The Nutrition Source” web page which provides information about healthy eating. The website features sections called Nutrition A to Z, Healthy Drinks, What Should You Eat?, Preventing Diabetes, and Nutrition in the News. The Healthy Eating Pyramid was actually developed by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The renowned Mayo Clinic, located in the United States, offers extensive information on its “Nutrition and healthy eating” web page. In 2010, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was ranked as the #2 overall hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
About.com Nutrition offers a wide array of nutrition information. The website keeps readers updated about foods, nutrition issues, and dietary supplements. Here are some of the available categories:
- Nutrition Basics
- Weight Management
- Healthy Eating
- Healthy Recipes
- Kid’s nutrition
- Nutrition & Aging
- Fruits & Vegetables
- Diet and Health Conditions
Shereen Jegtvig has been the About.com Nutrition guide since 2004. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, USA and has been credentialed as a Certified Nutrition Specialist. She is co-author of the book Superfoods for Dummies.
SELF Magazine’s “SELF NutritionData” section offers extensive food analysis on a wide variety of foods. Search by food category or by a specific food type and you’ll receive information about calories, carbohydrates, fats and fatty acids, vitamins, proteins and amino acids, minerals, and sterols. The website uses a five star rating system to rate each food item on the topics of weight loss, optimum health, and weight gain.
Kids Health provides a variety of information at its Nutrition & Fitness Center. Parents learn how to keep their children healthy with the right foods and exercise. Kids Health is provided by Nemours, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children’s health. The organization provides support to numerous renowned children’s health facilities.
Vegetarian Resource Group
The Vegetarian Resource Group offers a great deal of useful information. The is composed of sections about vegetarian nutrition, vegetarian recipes, and vegan information. The website also offers a variety of featured articles. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and other issues.
Food and Nutrition Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Research Service. The website consists of useful categories like:
- Child Care Nutrition Resource System
- Dietary Supplements
- Dietary Guidelines
- Food Composition
- Food Guide Pyramid
CalorieKing includes a database on the nutrition content of a variety of food items.
Two Foods lets you compare the nutritional content of any two foods.
Food Insight offers a variety of nutrition and healthy eating information. The website is provided by the International Food Information Council Foundation.
If you’re looking for helpful nutrition information visit these websites. Good nutrition is a vital aspect of life.
Brian Jenkins writes about a variety of education topics for BrainTrack, including information about college degree programs in nutrition.