Optimal nutrition is critical to healing. These online resources can offer a wealth of information for you and your patients.

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals

American Society for Nutrition

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) was founded in 1928, and aims to develop and extend knowledge of nutrition of all species through fundamental, multidisciplinary, and clinical research. This site provides information about the Society and its committees and governance; membership details; forthcoming meetings and events; a latest news section; publications; careers; and links to other useful resources, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The site also provides access to various publications, including the Journal of Nutrition, and the ASNS quarterly newsletter ‘Nutrition Notes’. http://www.asns.org/

Journal of Nutrition

The Journal of Nutrition is published by The American Society for Nutritional Sciences with papers based on original nutrition research in humans and other animal species. Publication is monthly, with supplements on topics of special interest also being published frequently. The journal covers the fields of animal nutrition, carbohydrates and fibers, community and international nutrition, diet and disease, energy and macronutrient metabolism, growth and development, human nutrition, lipids, maternal and infant nutrition, metabolism and hormonal regulation, neuroscience and nutrition, nutrient-gene interactions, nutrient metabolism, nutrition and immunology, nutrition, pharmacology and toxicology, nutritional epidemiology, proteins and amino acids, public health, nutrition and policy, vitamins and minerals. The site provides tables of contents from January 1997 and a searchable archive. http://www.nutrition.org/

American Dietetic Association

American Dietetic Association’s site offers an updated search engine to help you locate a wealth of content accurately and quickly. ADA members have access to the vast array of professional resources, including exclusive member-only content. http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/index.html

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition site includes: information about the FDA and the Center; news; press releases and fact sheets; access to information about national food safety programs and other food-related programs; access to information about special topics of interest; and links to FDA documents and other sources of information. http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/ 

Clinical Nutrition Updates

Clinical Nutrition Updates provides up-to-date news about clinical nutrition by email for health professionals. The email updates are sent weekly, and contain abstracts of current nutrition research, and information on Internet nutrition resources. Past issues from 1998 to 2000 can be viewed free of charge. Full access to the archives requires a Premium subscription, for which a charge is payable. A free one-time registration is required. The service is provided by Arbor Communications. http://www.nutritionupdates.org/cnu.html


Nutrition.gov is a federal online resource providing access to accurate scientific information on nutrition and dietary guidance. Aimed at the general public this resource includes nutrition information for infants and children, men and women and the elderly. Information is provided on medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, metabolic disorders and the role of nutrition in preventing these diseases. Additional information covers food safety, ongoing research, and nutrition and food assistance programs. This site can also be searched by topic. http://www.nutrition.gov/

United States Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion offers a wide range of online resources related to diet and nutrition. These include information on the nutrient content of the U.S. food supply, dietary guidelines for Americans, an interactive healthy eating index, recipes for healthy eating, and a range of other reports, conference proceedings, etc., including information on the Food Guide Pyramid.  http://www.usda.gov/cnpp/ and http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/

NATS: Nutrition Analysis Tools and System

The Nutrition Analysis Tool (NAT) is a Web-based program that allows users to analyze the foods they eat for various different nutrients. The site also provides an energy calculator and a list of educational resources, research information and additional materials. It is developed by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Illinois. http://nat.crgq.com/

Nutrition Journal

Nutrition Journal, published by BioMed Central, published papers covering all aspects of human and clinical nutrition, as well as research articles and animal studies in the field of nutrition. The site provides free full-text access to research articles, case reports, editorials, and reviews published in the journal from September 2002, along with information about the journal and details of how to submit an article. Full-text articles are available in download in PDF, which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. http://www.nutritionj.com/home/

MEDLINEplus: Food and Nutrition Topics

This site provides access to public-orientated resources covering a range of food and nutrition topics. This is one of a series of Health Topic listings, made available on the Web by MEDLINEPlus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/foodandnutrition.html

Nutrition Source: Knowledge for Healthy Eating

The Nutrition Source is provided by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and aims to provide timely information on diet and nutrition for clinicians, allied health professionals, and the public. The site includes nutrition news, an article about interpreting news on diet, frequently asked questions, and information about: food pyramids; fats and cholesterol; carbohydrates; protein; fibre; fruit and vegetables; calcium and milk; alcohol; vitamins; healthy weight; exercise; and type 2 diabetes. References are provided and some links included to further sources of information. This resource is also available in PDF, which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/index.html

British Nutrition Foundation

The home page for the British Nutrition Foundation, which promotes the nutritional wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based nutritional knowledge and advice. It is a charity that receives funds from the food industry and government as well as other sources. Their activities include running conferences, giving lectures, running a food technology course for secondary school teachers, and a course for children, and more. A set of nutritional facts sheets are also available online. http://www.nutrition.org.uk/index.asp