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General Information &Where to Start

This guide is designed to help you learn more about nutrition in general. There are many resources available on this topic and many sub-topics such as Diabetes, Children &Nutrition, Food Supplements, Food Labeling, and much more. Some of these sources are meant to provide general information only while others are aimed at professionals in the field who wish learn more about the current research in the area of nutrition.

Some places to begin your research:

Internet Resources:

The Nutrition Navigator (http://navigator.tufts.edu/)
Tufts University sponsors this page which, in turn, rates other Nutrition web pages. This is a great resource to start with leading to web sites categorized primarily by audience: General Topics, Men, Women, Family, Health Professionals, Educators, Journalists, etc. It rates sites based on the content (accuracy, depth, currency) and the usability including numerical ratings and text commentary.
Food &Nutrition Information Center (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/)
This site is located at the National Agricultural Library, a part of the US Department of Agriculture. It contains information on Dietary Supplements, Dietary Guidelines, Food Composition, provides Resource Lists, and offers access to the FNIC Databases (Healthy School Lunch, Foodborne Illnesses, and more).

Nutrition.gov (http://www.nutrition.gov/)
“NUTRITION.GOV, a new federal resource, provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition. This national resource makes obtaining government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, easily accessible in one place for many Americans.” Some of the topics bulleted on the Home page include: Food Facts, Health Management, Food Assistance, Food Safety, Lifecycle Issues, Resources, and Research.

Jean Fremont’s Food &Nutrition on the Web (http://www.sfu.ca/~jfremont/)
Jean Fremont has put together a nice collection of Nutrition and Food Related sites. It is broken down into a few major categories. Her site categories are Nutrition for Everyone, The Art and Science of Food, Nutrition Exercise and Education Pros, Nutrition Software and Web Tools, and much more.

About.com’s Nutrition Guide (http://nutrition.about.com/)
This site has links to sub-topics of nutrition that might be helpful if you are focusing on a particular aspect of nutrition rather than the topic as a whole. Some of the categories include: Healthy Recipes, Child Nutrition, Fad Diets, Eating Advice, Food Science, Food Products, Preservatives, Soy, Sports Nutrition, Vegetarianism, and Supplements.

Serial Publications: Print and Online

Nutrition Action Healthletter (http://www.cspinet.org/nah/) is produced by the Center for Science in the public interest on a monthly basis.

New &Noteworthy in Nutrition Newsletter (http://www.worldbank.org/html/extdr/hnp/nutrition/nnn/current.htm) The World Bank Group provides development assistance to client countries. It publishes this topical newsletter weekly.

Healthwell.com (http://www.healthwell.com/) is a comprehensive online magazine with a high volume of good content regarding health and nutrition.

Galaxy of Health (http://www.galaxyofhealth.com/) is also a really great e-zine with categories outside of just the magazine for browsing.

Natural Health Magazine
Published by Weider Publications, Inc.


There are many books to choose from on the topic of nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about general nutrition, you might consider looking for some of the following titles in your library or bookstore:

Amazon.com Nutrition (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/282861/) contains many sub-topics related to Nutrition and should help you locate books to buy or at least titles to note down to bring to the library.

Jane Brody’s good food book: Living the high carbohydrate way
By: J. Brody
Jane Brody’s nutrition book
By: J. Brody
The Complete Book of Food Counts
By: C. Netzer
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Health
By: W. Willett, P.J. Skerrett, and E. Giovannucci
Total nutrition: The only guide you’ll ever need. From the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
By: V. Herbert and G. Subak-Sharpe
Nutrition for women: The complete guide
By: E. Somers
The CAN HAVE diet and more!: The easy guide to informed exercise and food choices
By: P. Stein and N. Winn
Nutrition for Dummies
By: C. Rinzler

To Search For Other Nutrition Titles at Your Local Library, Try the following:

For Dewey Decimal Classification Schemes:
613 Health

For Library of Congress Classification Schemes:

You can also ask your librarian for help finding more books about specific topics that interest you.

If You Wish to Purchase Books About Nutrition or Nutrition-Related Topics, Try:

Amazon Books (http://www.amazon.com)

Nutrition Counseling and Education Services (NCES)
1904 East 123rd Street
Olathe, KS 66061
(800) 445-5653

Gurze Eating Disorders Bookshelf Catalogue (http://www.gurze.com/)

For Additional Information on Nutrition Contact:

American Dietetic Association (http://www.eatright.org/)
National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics
216 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 366-1655

Food and Nutrition Information Center (http://www.nalusda.gov/fnic/)
National Agricultural Library
USDA Room 304
10301 Baltimore Blvd.
Beltsville, MD 20745-2351
(301) 504-5719

Other Ways to Search for Information on Nutrition:

If you would like more information on nutrition and you cannot find what you’re looking for through any of the above resources, you might want to try performing an internet search (/ref/websearching.html). By using a search engine, you can specify what kind of information about nutrition you want to find. Good luck!

This pathfinder was created by Kendra L. Spiegel. Updated by Sena Roth.

You may also wish to see The IPL: Nutrition and Diet Resources | The IPL Youth Collection of Online Resources for Health—Food &Nutrition