Nutrition Science Resources
On this page we will share a rich array of nutrition science resources – books, films, websites, that will deepen your understanding of nutrition from the perspective of experts who are not conflicted with commercial interests.
Child and Family Nutrition
Child and Family Nutrition & Cooking Course – FREE – online course offered by Stanford University and taught by Dr. Maya Adam.
Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and well-being across the lifespan. The culture of eating has changed significantly in recent decades, especially in parts of the world where processed foods dominate our dietary intake. This course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family.
Just Cook for Kids
Just Cook for Kids is a registered 501c3 public charity that reaches parents and home cooks from all over the world.
App for That
In Britain, there is an app called ‘sugar smart’ that enables you to scan barcodes whilst shopping and it shows you in teaspoons how much sugar is in a serving and what % of your daily intake that is.
It’s sponsored by the NHS so is advert free. It also has great real food recipes that are high in fibre and low in sugars (with little or no added sugar). Here’s the link:
Resourceful Nutrition Websites
- Chef Ann Cooper founded the Chef Ann Foundation because of the high burden of childhood obesity. The Chef Ann Foundation has a mission to change the food system from using processed foods to fresh foods and providing children with high quality nutritious meals that they can share together. The website has many resources and links to programs, grants, parental materials, etc…
- Harvest of the Month is a program that provides a variety of links, tools and resources to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
- UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools provides free in-depth training materials, tools, curriculum, and programs to help schools implement nutrition education and promote healthy eating.
- The National Farm to School Network is as networking hub that helps communities build and strengthen a farm to school program. The National Farm to School Network offers a guide and a plethora of resources in how to get started with a farm to school program.
Training and other Resources
- The Lunch Box is a product of the Chef Ann Foundation, and provides numerous resources dedicated to providing schools with recipes, training webinars, tools, and guides to providing better lunch programs for schools.
- The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is a California based program that offers nutrition education and resources. The CAFF helps initiate a farm to school programs where farms are connected with the classrooms in providing fresh foods for the children.
- Edible Schoolyard Project is an organization that offers a variety of lesson ideas training opportunities for educators who want to start or strengthen their farm to school program. The Edible Schoolyard Project global network is a great way to connect with other programs and share ideas.
- UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools provides free in-depth training materials, tools and programs to help schools implement nutrition education and promote healthy eating.
- Cooking with Kids provides excellent free cooking tutorials, recipes, and tasting lessons.
- Parent Advocacy Initiative (a component of the Chef Ann Foundation) provides parents with tools and resources to help them advocate and change the food system.
Consumer Guide to Seafood
Consumer Guide to Seafood by the Environmental Working Group describes the best bets in seafood in terms of high omega-3 fatty acid levels, low mercury levels, and sustainable practices.
Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives
Environmental Working Group
Environmental Working Group focuses on bettering the environment and public health. The EWG’s Food Page functions to increase consumer awareness, knowledge and current happenings in the food industry enabling positive public food habits.
Online University Courses on Nutrition
Institute for Responsible Nutrition YouTube Channel
Dozens of videos, films, documentaries and other content on the IRN YouTube Channel!
Scoopit! - Thousands of articles online.
Visit the Institute for Responsible Nutrition Scoopit site to find thousands of articles online in neatly organized categories:
- Diet & Nutrition
- Food System Change
- Dr. Robert Lustig
- Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes
- Research in Food & Nutrition
- International Nutrition & Health
- Food Production, Processing, Marketing, Labeling
- Metabolic Health
- IRN in the News
- Food & Agriculture Policy, Legislation, and Law
- Artificial & Non-Caloric Sweeteners
- School Food
- Baby Food
UC Davis Center for Nutrition Education
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce Clean Fifteen
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce Clean Fifteen by the Environmental Working Group highlights conventionally-grown produce with the lowest levels of pesticides indicating.
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce Dirty Dozen
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce Dirty Dozen by the Environmental Working Group highlights conventionally-grown produce with the highest levels of pesticides indicating for which foods you should choose organic.
Shopping Guides by ConnectWell
ConnectWell is a sustainable wellness company that offers science-based programming designed to help employees adopt healthy habits and support wellness in the workplace. To better organize your real food efforts and plan for success, see their:
Arizona State University (ASU) - Distance learning degree program
Arizona State University (ASU) – Distance learning degree program in Food and Nutrition Management prepares students for careers in food production, service, management and marketing.
The nutrition degree with a focus in Food and Nutrition Management provides students with management, leadership, critical thinking and communication skills, along with significant work in a professional specialization. With additional education and professional training, students also may become credentialed as certified dietary managers, school food service and nutrition specialists, or registered sanitarians.
Elementary School Curriculum
- The Charlie Cart uses a mobile kitchen to teach students about nutrition, food, and cooking healthy meals. In the Charlie Cart curriculum, each lesson connects food to an academic subject, including Common Core English Language Arts and Math, and Next Generation Science standards. The Charlie Cart website also provides links to useful educational resources for food and nutrition.
- UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools provides free nutrition curriculum for 4th grade students
- The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools and Project Produce (components of the Chef Ann Foundation) are grant programs enabling schools to provide fresh fruits and vegetables.
- School Food Support Initiative (also a part of the Chef Ann Foundation) is a grant program that offers technical assistance, including workshops and on-site assessments to help schools change their food system.
- The USDA provides a Farm to School grant programs, which includes support service, implementation, planning, and training grants.
Scoopit - A Goldmine of Articles on Key Nutrition Topics
Check out our Scoopit site! Here are hundreds of articles on key nutrition topics – vetted to be sure they are based in nutrition science – not merely opinion.