Nutrition Column – Reliable Nutrition Resources for Consumers

With an ever-growing selection of food and nutrition-related publications, it can be difficult to determine which ones offer reliable information and sound advice. Below is a list of resources that provide timely and scientifically based information for people with varied nutritional needs. By no means is this a comprehensive list, nor does inclusion on this list indicate endorsement by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.

General nutrition information

– "The Step Diet Book" by James O. Hill, Ph.D., John C. Peters, Ph.D. and Bonnie T. Jortberg, MS, RD. 2004. Written by the founders of Colorado on the Move, this book focuses on counting steps and decreasing portion sizes as the way to lose weight and keep it off. The book even comes with a pedometer – a step counter – to help you track the number of steps you take each day.

– "American Dietetic Association’s Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Second Edition" by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD. 2002. Written by a registered dietitian, this is a comprehensive guide that covers a variety of topics including grocery shopping, restaurant eating, food safety, vitamins, minerals, good nutrition at different stages of the life cycle and much more.

– "Eat Out, Eat Right: The Guide to Healthier Eating Out" by Hope S. Warshaw, RD, CDE. 2003. This easy-to-carry book packs all the information you need to know about healthy restaurant eating in more than 20 types of restaurants, including a gamut of ethnic cuisines.

– "The Strong Women’s Journal" by Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D. 2003. The latest addition to the best selling Strong Women series, this 52-week journal allows you to keep track of daily exercise and eating patterns as well as your thoughts and feelings. Other books in this series include "Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis" (2002), "Strong Women Eat Well" (2001), "Strong Women, Strong Bones" (2000), "Strong Women Stay Young" (2000), and "Strong Women Stay Slim" (1998).

For parents

– "Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids" by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD. 2002. Written by a registered dietitian and mother, this book combines professional knowledge with real-life experience to offer practical tips and simple solutions for feeding your child from birth to age six.

– "Eating Expectantly, Second Edition" by Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, and Tracey Anderson, RN. 2000. This comprehensive guide for mothers-to-be provides practical advice about eating before, during and after pregnancy. Includes more than 100 recipes and 1,000 tips on how to eat right.

Chronic conditions and special needs

– "Lactose Intolerance Nutrition Guide" by Merri Lou Dobler, MS, RD. 2003. This easy-to-read booklet contains tips for people with lactose intolerance, including label reading, meal planning, and determining lactose content of foods.

– "The DASH Diet for Hypertension: Lower Your Blood Pressure in 14 Days Without Drugs" by Thomas Moore, MD, Laura Svetkey, MD, Pao-Hwa Lin, Ph.D., Njeri Karanja, Ph.D. and Mark Jenkins. 2001. This book outlines the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, a science-based approach for people who want to lower their blood pressure.  

– "American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes," 3rd edition. 2003. Edited by the American Diabetes Association, this all-in-one home reference gives you information on the best self-care techniques and the latest medical breakthroughs regardless of the type of diabetes you have.

Additional resources – Newsletters

– Mayo Clinic Health Letter

(800) 333-9037

– Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter

(800) 274-7581

– University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter

(386) 447-6328

– Environmental Nutrition

(800) 829-5384

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by Pat Kendall, Ph.D., R.D., Food Science and Human Nutrition Specialist, Colorado State University