Bio 117 Basic Consumer Nutrition Links

The following categories contain links to various sources on the web relating to the topics covered in the Bio 117 Basic Consumer Nutrition course. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these websites, the usual evaluation measures should be taken by the researcher.

General Nutrition Sites

Government Related Sites

Professional Associations & Organizations

Nutrition Tools - Standards and Guidelines

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 - "Published every 5 years by the DHHS (Dept. of Health & Human Services) and the USDA (Dept. of Agriculture), the Guidelines provide advice for people age 2 yrs and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases."
  • Food Guide Pyramid - From the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) this site provides links to various USDA food pyramid resources.
  • The Food Label & You - This page from the Food Products Association features links to 10 fact sheets that explain the different elements of the food label.
  • Food Label Education Tools & General Information -  This site from the U.S. FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) provides links to food labeling nutrition information and includes historical/background information on food labeling.
  • National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) - "A survey report containing nutrition monitoring data that are used for food fortification policy, establishing dietary guidelines, and assessing government programs and initiatives."
  • Nutrient Data Laboratory - From the USDA Agricultural Research Service, a searchable database which provides access to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 19 which includes nutrient content of over 7,293 different foods.
  • Recommended Reference Intakes (DRI) and Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA's) - Links to tables, reports, and other information about DRI's and RDA's.

Systems of the Body

Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins and Amino Acids

  • The Nutrition Source - This site from the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health provides categories of information on: Carbohydrates, Fats & Cholesterol, Protein, Fiber, Alcohol, and Type 2 Diabetes.
  • A Primer on Fats and Oils - Facts on fat from the American Dietetic Association including information on saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fatty acids; and cholesterol.
  • Dietary Proteins - This site from MedlinePlus® provides an overview of dietary proteins including links to Nutrition information, and Related Issues.
  • Carbohydrates and Sugars - Dietary guidelines and recommendations on carbohydrate and sugar intake from the American Heart Association (AHA).
  • American Diabetes Association - This site provides information for health professionals and the public on the different types of diabetes. It includes a diabetes dictionary.
  • Vegetarian Resource Group - Here you will find information on nutritional elements for vegetarians, guides & handouts, and featured articles from The Vegetarian Journal.

Vitamins, Supplements, Water, Minerals, Alternative Medicine

  • Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) - One of the office's of the National Institute's of Health, the ODS explores the role of dietary supplements in the improvement of health.
  • Antioxidants: Working Towards a Definition - An article from the Food Insight newsletter of the International Food Information Council Foundation, which discusses the scientific rationale for the development of definitions for these dietary components.
  • Functional Foods - From the International Food Information Council Foundation, a Backgrounder on Functional Foods including examples of functional components.
  • National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - The "Health Information" section of this site contains the following links: Understanding Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), Alerts and Advisories, and Treatment Information.
  • Osteoporosis and Bone Related Disorders National Resource Center (ORBD~NRC) "A resource center funded by a grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to help health professionals, patients, and the public learn about and find current information on metabolic bone diseases, such as osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and hyperparathyroidism."
  • Phytochemicals - This site from Dole-5-A-Day provides a definition and summary of phytochemicals, and includes interactive charts of phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables.
  • Macronutrient Information Center - Information on fat and water soluable vitamins, minerals, other nutrients, foods, and phytochemicals from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
  • Water and Electrolytes - This chart lists Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI's) for water and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, inorganic sulfate).

Physical Activity, Weight, Diet and Health

  • American Obesity Association - This site provides information on the following areas related to obesity: education, research, prevention, treatment, consumer protection, discrimination and stigma.
  • Weight Control information Network (WIN) - An information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the National Institutes of Health. WIN provides science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
  • CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity - "This site offers easy access to guidelines, consumer handouts, backgrounders, and websites related to obesity, bone health, and other nutrition-related topics."
  • National Eating Disorders Association - "The largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues."
  • Ergogenic Aids - Links to information on anabolic steroid abuse and athletic supplements from the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC).
  • Gatoraid Sports Science Institute (GSSI) - This Sports Science Library on this site provides information on dietary supplements, hydration, and nutrition.
  • Nutrient-Drug Interactions and Food - This site from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension provides information on food and drug interactions/guidelines for generic and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
  • The DASH Eating Plan - From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, information on the Dietary to Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan which helps prevent the development of high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Foods That Fight Cancer - From the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), this site provides information on different types of foods that can help lower your risk for developing cancer.

Mother and Infant Nutrition

  • Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Resource Library - Located at Georgetown University the MCH Library provides accurate and timely information on a broad range of topics. Materials include the weekly newsletter MCH Alert, resource guides, full-text publications, databases, and links to quality MCH sites.
  • Nutritional Needs of Pregnancy - This factsheet from Family and Consumer Services at Ohio State University contains information about the Food Guide Pyramid for Pregnant Women.
  • Gestational Diabetes - This site from the American Diabetes Association provides a general overview of gestational diabetes, how it can affect a baby, and treatment information.
  • National Organization on Fetal Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - This site provides information and resources on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) for educators, health care professionals, and expectant mothers.
  • March of Dimes - The March of Dimes organization through research and advocacy, works to help babies affected by prematurity, birth defects, and low birth weight. Some of the sections to explore on this website are: Professionals & Researchers, Pregnancy & Newborn, and News Desk.
  • La Leche League International - Founded in 1956, the La Leche League is an organization whose sole purpose is to help breastfeeding mothers.
  • - This site provides information about Beechnut baby food products, caring for baby, and feeding by age.

Child, Teen, and Older Adult Nutrition

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - This site provides information on developmental stages from prenatal - infancy through adolesence, and links to additional featured topics.
  • Children's Nutrition Resource Center (CNRC) - Based at the Baylor College of Medicine, this site provides access to many resources about nutrition for pregnant and nursing women, infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Eat Smart Play Hard! - "Offers materials and ideas that educators and families can use to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children and adolescents."
  • My Pyramid for Young Children - This site provides access to MyPyramid food pyramid resource materials and worksheets designed specifically for children aged 6 to 11.
  • National Network for Child Care (NNCC): Nutriton and Diet - This site provides links to numerous resources on such topics as: best practices, childhood obesity, meals and snacks, mealtime and behavior, and special dietary needs.
  • Adolescent Nutrition - This site from the Maternal Child Health Program at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, provides adolescent nutrition information on eating disorders, pregancy, puberty, risky eating behaviors, and weight management.
  • - Part of the National Women's Health Information Center, this site provides nutrition and health information for girls ages 10 through 16.
  • TeensHealth - This site sponsored by the Nemours Foundation provides information for teens on a wide range of topics such as: food and fitness, diseases and conditions, and infections.
  • Aging: Lifecycle Nutrition - "For and about seniors, this site from the USDA provides resources on healthy eating, nutritional challenges related to aging, food safety issues, Meals on Wheels and other assistance programs, as well as links to organizations focused on aging issues.
  • Tufts Food Guide Pyramid for Older Adults - This adaptation of the 1999 Food Guide Pyramid places more emphasis on nutrient-dense foods like darker-colored vegetables and fruits that have higher levels of vitamins to address the nutrient needs of persons age 70 and over.

Food Safety and Food Technology

  • FightBAC! TM - This site is sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education and provides guidelines to the general public about safe food handling to help reduce foodborne illness.
  • - This site is maintained by the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and includes sections on Foodborne Pathogens, National Food Safety Programs, Consumer Advice, News & Safety Alerts.
  • Food Safety Information Center (FSIC) - This site provides links to information on: Pathogens and Contaminants, Sanitation and Quality Standards, the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Food Preparation and Handling, Food Processing and Technology, and access to the Food Safety Education and Training Materials Database.
  • Food Products Association (FPA) - This section of the FPA website provides information on processed foods, and fact sheets covering a wide range of topics such as food security and organic foods.
  • Biotechnology - The Economic Research Service (ERS) of the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) provides information on research on biotechnology in crops and livestock production.
  • Food Irradiation - From, this site provides links to Federal, State, and Local Government websites that discuss the topic of food irradiation.
  • National Organic Program - The "Consumer Information" section of this site provides information on organic food standards and labels, fact sheets, and links to other sources of organic information.
  • Pesticides and Food - This online brochure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) answers questions about pesticides and food and provides links to other sources to access additional information on the topic.

Hunger and the Global Environment

Online Publications

Some online publications available on the web include:

  • FDA Consumer Magazine - The official magazine of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, it offers a wide range of information on health related topics and it also reports on current FDA activities to ensure that products the agency regulates are fit to use.
  • Food and Nutrition Research Briefs - The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA publishes this online nutrition newsletter 4 times/year.
  • Tufts Health & Nutrition Newsletter - The online version of the print publication provides access to select full-text articles from the most recent year.

Food Industry Associations, Trade Organizations, and Food Companies