Research on food and nutrition is constantly expanding and growing, guidelines are changing daily and new fad diets + “superfoods“ are becoming trends everyday. As dietitians, our job is to keep up-to-date on nutrition information so that we can counsel our clients and patients appropriately with research based evidence (not just reading a web article and believing everything we hear and see). I promise, we will never ever know everything, but we are trained on how to accurately research and decipher nutrition information so that we can share with the public in simple and easy to understand terms. If you have a question, I will always have an answer (it just may take me some time to get you that answer!)
With that being said, I decided to share my favorite (free) websites that have credible nutrition education for anyone who may be wanting to learn more about nutrition or needs help in managing a chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, colitis, etc.), wanting to lose weight, or just wants to eat a little “healthier”!
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Website: EatRight.org
Information: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals (around 100,000 credentialed practitioners which includes registered dietitians) dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition as well as The Academy has over 100,000 credentialed practitioners that includes registered dietitian who are committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. This website includes nutrition education, nutrition articles on every nutrition topic you could think of, healthy recipes, and nutrition research articles.
Today’s Dietitian Magazine: Today’s Dietitian
Information: This is a website created and run by Registered Dietitians and Nutrition Professionals to provide unbiased voice and timely coverage of subjects such as diabetes management, heart health, food allergies, and weight control, as well as the latest in industry research, nutritional supplements, and special dietary needs. A fantastic resource to learn more about RD’s advice and voice about new dietary supplements and food trends with billions of nutrition articles available and based on research.
Dietitian Recipes Website: FannetasticFood
Information: This is my favorite website to get healthy and EASY recipes from. Super great resource for nutrition information created by a dietitian based in Washington D.C, tons of recipes, blogging tips, health tips, and running tips!
Meal Planner/Tracker Resource: Supertracker: Nutrition Analysis
Information: this is my favorite website to calculate nutrition intake. I always recommend this to clients/patients who are having a hard time figuring out how much of certain macro-nutrients or micro-nutrients they are consuming. Great for clients who are planning their diet in advance and want to fall within a certain calorie or sodium range. All the nutrition analysis is correct and up-to-date.
My Favorite Research Site PubMed: Research Portal
Information: If anyone is curious where I spend most of my time – I study this website on the regular to keep up to date on new research studies on specific foods, nutrients, minerals, vitamins, etc. It’s where the nerd in me is the happiest.
Food Preparation, Food Storage, and Food Preservation Education Nutrition.gov
Information: Another amazing website that has a food composition database to help you track your calories or nutrients, OR you are just curious about a specific food product (you can search by specific brands and stores too!). This website has tons of nutrition education on dietary supplements and a ground beef calculator where all you have to do is plug-in the percentage of lean meat vs fat to determine nutrition analysis of the meat. The website also has nutrition education on safe food preparation, food storage, and food preservation.
Hope this is informative and helpful to everyone!
-Cinthia Scott, RD, LD, CNSC