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e-Resources on Consumer Health: Nutrition

Resources compiled and vetted by the National Library of Medicine; presented by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Consumer Health e-Resources

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District earned a Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) in 2018 by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Medical Library Association (MLA).

As a credentialed Consumer Health Information Library, we proudly present the following e-Resources for Consumer Health.

Click on the tabs above to access e-Resources about: General Health information, Comparing & Evaluating Resources, and Nutrition.

This guide is under constant review and will be updated frequently.

General Nutrition – ( )

A USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthy eating choices.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eat Right – ( )

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals…with over 100,000 credentialed practitioners (...registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and other dietetic professionals…). Use this website to…

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Choose My Plate – ( )

Replacing the food pyramid, Choose MyPlate is the most current USDA Food Guide (satiate your curiosity, view A Brief History of USDA Food Guides).

Click on the tabs to view health information for a specific AUDIENCE, tips for increasing PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ONLINE TOOLS, POPULAR TOPICS and more.

USDA National Agricultural Library – ( )

Click on "Food and Human Nutrition" then select "Nutrition Assistance Programs" from the menu bar. Click on the United States Department of Agriculture Nutrition Assistance Programs link to access Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs (FNAP).

Scroll down to choose from the resources listed and access over 2500 links to current and reliable nutrition information -- like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), or Child Nutrition Programs.

Food Recalls

USDA – ( )

Select "Food Safety Recalls" in the I'M LOOKING FOR drop-down menu to view a list of current resources vetted by the USDA from organizations including the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS recalls) and









U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – ( )

Click on the Home tab then select Recalls to view a list of current "Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts" on FDA-regulated products. Filter by Recall Type: to narrow results.


Click on the Home tab then select Outbreaks - Food to view a list of investigations of "Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness" by year.


Click on the Food tab then select Labeling & Nutrition for label claims, nutrition facts and labeling information.


Original vs. New Format


Defining Health Terms

DRI - dietary reference intake.

RDA - recommended dietary allowance.

NUTRITION - the act or process of nourishing; the process by which organisms take in and utilize food.

MALNUTRITION - the condition that occurs when your body does not get enough nutrients; starvation is a form of malnutrition.

Medline Plus: Food and Nutrition – ( )

Define some of the terms you see in health resources with the following websites.


FDA Nutrition Glossary –  

Click on the .pdf document below to view the glossary online or to download a copy.

Food Composition Tool

USDA Food Composition Databases – ( ) 

Search by food item, food group, or manufacturer’s name to find the nutrient information for your food items. You can also generate lists of foods sorted by nutrient content like the example shown here: Sugars (Fructose, Sucrose, Glucose) found in Baby Foods.