Sources of good nutrition information and healthy recipes
There are many sources on the internet for recipes. How can you find recipes that you know are healthy? Here are some dependable sites that also include nutrition information.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a trustworthy source for nutrition information. There are daily tips and a question of the day, as well as a feature on reviews of popular diet books so that you can avoid diet scams.
- If you wish to find a local Registered Dietitian and speak with them directly, this Dietitian Locator will be helpful.
- Find reviews of current diet books and trends.
- Mayo Clinic You can search by special diet, such as high fiber, heart-healthy, or meatless. It also lets you search for recipes by main ingredient, say if you wanted a fruit-based dessert. And each recipe has the nutritional information at the bottom, informing you of calories and fat per serving, and how many diabetic exchanges a dish is, if you are on a diabetic diet.
- The American Institute for Cancer Research promotes foods that can help fight cancer. Their research on specific foods translates into delicious recipes that promote health.
The American Heart Association
- National Institutes of Health offers recipes that are heart healthy and include important information about the serving size, number of servings, calories, and other nutrients. Also includes heart healthy Latino recipes, in Spanish and English.
- The USDA Mixing Bowl includes recipes in English and Spanish, cookbooks - including a tool to build your own cookbook, and will soon feature a menu builder component.
- The Food$ense program at Utah State University Extension provides information, recipes and resources to help busy families plan, shop, and cook healthy meals.
- Washington State University Nutrition Program has a set of healthy recipes for families, including kid-friendly and thrifty choices. Available in English and Spanish.
- Fruits & Veggies - More Matters has healthy recipes and videos using fruits and vegetables.
- CalorieKing is a great site for looking up the nutritional information of almost any food. It can help you make wise decision and compare and contrast similar foods. It also can be a resource for restaurant menu choices.
Red Flags for Misinformation on Nutrition
The media and internet are great sources for nutrition information. Along with good information, there is a lot of misinformation that can even harm your health. There are many things you can look for when evaluating the credibility of a source. Ask yourself these questions when evaluating:
- Does the information seem too good to be true?
- Does it say you will be able to get quick and easy results?
- Does the information come from a trendy magazine, newspaper, news report or website that ends in .com?
- Is the source trying to sell you something?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes then you need to be a little more careful in what you believe from that source. Credible nutrition information sources should usually have the following characteristics:
- Involve eating healthy with all things in moderation, and exercising
- Seem to show slow but steady results
- Be backed by journals and published research (i.e. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
- Come from a nonprofit organization or websites that end in .gov or .org (i.e. Eatright.org, Choosemyplate.gov, Usda.gov, Americanheart.org, Diabetes.org, Utahbreastfeeding.org, Health.utah.gov/WIC/)
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