The field of nutrition is a relatively young one. New studies come out daily, and it’s tough, even for the educated, to stay abreast of the research, especially someone who has spent the lion’s share of the last 14 years wiping noses and filling milk cups, not reading medical journals. Below are a few of my “go tos” for staying up on the latest in nutrition. It’s the second installation in this month’s series on food and nutrition resources. If you missed last week’s list on top feeding experts, you’ll find it here.

FOOD POLITICS – Dr. Marion Nestle, who is the country’s foremost expert when it comes to the intersecton of food and government, writes this smart blog about a huge range of nutrition issues from changes in the school lunch program to labeling on Genetically Modified ingredients. When I want an informed opinion in food politics, an area way out of my comfort zone, this is where I turn every time.

NUTRITION UNPLUGGED – Janet Helm is a longtime, Chicago-based registered dietitian and another no-nonsense smarty. She does a great job of debunking nutrition myths, picks apart nutrition trends that aren’t worth following (read: fad diets), takes a close look at new food products, and is always up on the latest trends.

ASK DR WEIL – I tend to gravitate to the ladies for my nutrition info, but I love Andy Weil for his integrative approach to health. He embraces a “food as medicine” ideal and can share a research-backed opinion on ingredients many of his hyper-educated medical colleagues might shun as witch doctory. If you’re wondering what the heck chia seeds are anyway, if stevia is safe, and what kind of tea packs the most polyphenols, this is your man.
Got any “go to” favorites of your own. I’d love to hear about them.

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  1. Anne Mullen
    03.09.2012 at 10:00 AM #

    Michael Pollan is a good one to read, too, as you obviously have done. “Food Rules” puts many good thoughts into a fun and manageable style. Having just Googled him, I see there’s a new edition of the book with additions by readers. Could be good.

    • katiemorford
      03.09.2012 at 11:00 AM #

      Food Rules is a good one. The new addition is accompanied by charming illustrations, too.

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