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The Nutrition Source

The Nutrition Source

The Harvard School of Public Health provides this extensive site on nutrition information. Included in that information are specific pages on, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol, fiber the food pyramid, exercise, and type 2 diabetes. The site covers most aspects of nutritional information.


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James Gerber
James Gerber (Faculty)
10 years ago

I have used this site for over ten years for required readings in my post-baccalaurate nutrition courses for professional and graduate students. The content is especially thorough regarding evidence-based recommendations on dietary macronutrients (carbs, protein, fats) as part of a healthy diet. Also strong are sections on body weight, salt, and beverages. Vitamins and minerals are less thoroughly covered (for those I use the Linus Pauling Micronutrient Information center at

The database is regularly updated and expanded, most recently a separate linked site on obesity prevention has been developed at

This resource should be categorized under Health Sciences Preventive Medicine and Nutrition as well.

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The database is regularly updated and expanded. For that reason, any learning activities or exam questions based on the content may need to be revised if the content changes.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: I have used this site for years
Thomas Rimmer
Thomas Rimmer (Faculty)
14 years ago
This site has a wealth of nutritional information, conveniently arranged and seemingly very thorough. Although it seems to be consumer-oriented at first glance, one can go much deeper on each topic by choosing to read the full articles, all of which are fully referenced. Instead of just giving the latest advice on nutritional issues, the epidemiology of nutritional science is stressed so that the uncertainties are not glossed over. The site is entirely text-based, though with attrative illustrations, so that each part loads rapidly without any delays.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes