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Diet & Nutrition

For information on environmental concerns, organic food, our modern food & meat supply, food safety, and toxicology, see also: CBTL Health & Medicine: First Aid & Safety

From CBTL's Food Guidepost: Special Diets
Authoritative sites on special diets, covering: diabetic, gluten free, lactose intolerance, low carbohydrate, low cholesterol/low fat, low sodium, sugar free, and others. See also, CBTL's Food Guidepost Dictionaries, specifically: Science of Food Glossaries, The Essential Vegetarian Glossary --from the Vegetarian Times.

USDA Nutrient Finder
Fairly new (8/2002) from the USDA, find more about your favorite foods than the details printed on the package label. Consumers can look up more than 6,000 foods ranging from brand-name breakfast cereals and candies to even ostrich and emu meat; from cheese crackers to chicken patties. Choose a serving size and see a breakdown of over 117 nutrient categories; dozens of fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and calories, tryptophan, retinol, glycine and many others that are not typically included on food package labels. The data was collected from USDA researchers, food industry sources and other scientists.

Calculators:

Body Mass Index Calculator
Your body mass index, or BMI, is a measure that can help you determine whether you are at risk for a weight-related illness by correlating the ratio between your height and weight with body fat.
Calories Per Hour
Find out what you have to do to burn those calories! (Features a very extensive range of activities and level of exertion to choose from)
Diabetes Quick Quiz - Are You at Risk? - American Diabetes Association
Caffeine Calculator
How much caffeine do you have each day?
Food Finder
Minnesota's "Fast Food Facts Handbook". Somewhat incomplete as to the full and current menus, but still useful, the Food Finder searches any of 19 fast food restaurants from Arby's to White Castle. Using the "Fire up the deep fryer" search feature, any or all eateries can be searched on the whole menus, or just food product names, maximum calories, % calories from fat, and maximum sodium, fat, and cholesterol.

Tuft's Nutrition Navigator
A great web directory of diet/nutrition resources. Experts at Tufts University specially select, review, and rank these sites on nutrition information for content and usability, making this a fast and reliable source. Sections include those for parents, women, kids, educators, and those with special dietary needs.

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
With registered dieticians on staff, a great resource for information on food allergies including FAQs and a newsletter.

The American Diabetes Association
This comprehensive resource on diabetes includes general info., patient education, internet sites, and a nutrition section (with many topics, including how to eat healthy at restaurants).

Vegetarian Resource Group
Substantive, well-organized, and balanced material providing news, recipes, nutrition information, links, and ideas for those interested in eating a healthy vegetarian diet. Among the informational subjects covered: adequate intake of iron, calcium, protein, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and osteoporosis.

Food and Nutrition Information Center
From the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture: information on topics from food safety and composition to dietary guidelines and supplements, reports and studies. The "Internet Resources" section is a comprehensive list of links to websites on food and nutrition ranging from breastfeeding to irradiation, legislation, and kids' and foreign language sites.

Food Safety: Organisms of Concern
Published by the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, this site provides links to information on over 15 organisms that can cause food-borne illness. Included are links to fact sheets on bacteria, parasites, viruses and natural toxins. These links describe each organism, where it is found, transmission, diseases it can cause, symptoms of disease, and advice on how to control the organism to prevent food diseases. There are also links to related information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the FDA.

Nutrition News Focus
A free, daily newsletter from Wayne State University: concise nutrition tips and analyses of breaking nutrition news. Subscribers receive one short mailing per day, with the topic briefly described and followed by analysis. Old newsletters are added to the archive after two weeks, and users can browse them by issue date or topic.

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