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1. Nutrient Database Websites

  • is a free website where an individual can track diet, exercise, and weight.

  • Cyberdiet
    Allows assessment of personal daily food intake and nutrient requirements. It does require a registration fee.

  • National Institutes of Health Menu Planner
    From the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this site allows the user to plan a menu, based on a target number of calories. It is very limited in food items and their preparation options. It calculates calories, grams of fat and grams of carbohydrate for the total day, as well as provides calories per food item.

  • Nutrition Analysis Tool (NAT) 2.0
    From the University of Illinois, this website is composed of the USDA Handbook #8 and has a limited number of brand-named items. It allows the user to create a personal diet list and analyze it for up to twenty-one nutrients. NAT version 3.0 is the newest version. A Fast Food NAT for cellular or personal digital assistant is also available at this site.

  • USDA Food Composition Tables
    This site provides a single food look-up from a large database of foods - from the USDA and the Agricultural Research Services.

  • CDC Nutrition
    CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) takes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling diseases. The scope of DNPA activities includes epidemiological and behavioral research, surveillance, training and education, intervention development, health promotion and leadership, policy and environmental chance, communication and social marketing, and partnership development.

    A lifestyle characterized by physical inactivity and poor dietary habits is a leading cause of premature death in the nation, second only to tobacco use. The good news is that people of all ages can obtain health benefits by including regular physical activity and by eating a side variety of foods based upon the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid.

  • Consumer Lab
    This website's mission is to identify the best quality health and nutrition products through independent testing. Find out if there is any scientific evidence that the supplement is of benefit, does harm, whether a brand of product is biovailable, contaminates, actually contains the ingredients listed on the label, etc. Site includes laboratory test results, product reviews, natural products encyclopedia, recalls and warnings. Some information is offered free to the public, however, more in-depth information is offered to subscribers.

  • FDA Website for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
    Information links to 1) recent news; press announcements & fact sheets,etc. 2) special interest areas such as seniors, women's health, kids teens, and educators, consumer advice 3) National Food Safety Programs 4) FDA program areas such as infant formula, food ingredients & packaging, color additives, and 5) other information sources such as chemical, biological, and food technology.

  • FDA Website for Supplements and Herbals
    Most commonly asked questions about dietary supplements. Helpful for the clinician and patient.

  • Arbor Clinical Nutrition Updates
    A free weekly newsletter that reports nutrition research, one topic per week. It gives a succinct summary of recent literature and comments on the variations between studies and applications to clinical practice.