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Can you recommend nutrition resources online?

Asked by sliceswiththings (11661points) January 28th, 2011

My roommates and I have decided to plan and prepare more healthy meals, and we’re looking for:
1. A really good nutrition guide, listing exact servings, and ranking what foods are best and worst for you

2. A worksheet or chart where we can fill in what we eat to manage nutrition better.

Have you come across any good resources that you could share?

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Kardamom's avatar

There’s a lot of great information, including grocery lists, on this site from the American Heart Association

Here’s a PDF version of a guide by Vegetarian Times

Here’s a PDF version of the vegetarian food pyramid from Loma Linda University

Here’s a guide from the Mayo clinic to assist people with diabetes to eat healthy. This type of diet is very good for people prone to heart disease also and anyone simply trying to eat a more healthful diet. There are tips and recipes and a list of good foods to eat and bad foods to avoid. Here

And here is one of the many online healthy meal planning sites. This particular one is called Meal Planning Made Simple

And here is one called Meal Planning Healthy Eating on a Budget

And here’s some really good info about sodium and how to decrease your intake of sodium on the Mayo clinic’s site. There’s also a lot of good links to other nutrition related stuff if you scroll down near the bottom. Most processed store bought foods and restaurant meals contain way more sodium than we should ever consume on a daily basis. It’s a good idea to start reading the labels on all of the products that you buy. My Dad and brother both had heart surgery last year so I’ve been down this road with the nutritionists and the nurses and everybody who explained to me that for a healthy diet one should only consume between 1200 and 1800 mgs of sodium per day. So you need to look at the per serving size on each product to see how much sodium you are getting and then add up each thing that you eat every day. That means if you simply eat 2 tablespoons of ketchup instead of just one, you are doubling the amount of sodium that you are eating. This can really add up. It is important to use proper measuring spoons and cups for the per serving size (I found out that a typical spoon in your cutlerly drawer is no where near the same size as either a teaspoon or a tablespoon!) You will be horrified and shocked at how much sodium is in most processed products that you buy at the supermarket, including in such items as salsa, drinks and sweet desserts and even bread. So get out your reading glasses and start reading those labels!

Garebo's avatar

This guy, or the George Mateljan Foundation is awesome; a ton of info; I look to him constantly.

nebule's avatar

@Garebo nice… I shall be looking at that too!!!

@Kardamom great answer!

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