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Dietary Information Websites

United States Department of Agriculture -
Contains specialized sections for:
Health Professionals  
Educators -
The Choose My Plate website provides information specifically for professionals, in addition to the content for consumers. There are useful handouts for patients, as well as information for healthcare providers and educators.

DASH Diet Guide
"Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH". A complete guide to the National Institutes of Health's famous research-based DASH diet that will help you learn to manage your blood pressure naturally. The Guide includes discussion of the relationship between food and high blood pressure, strategies for change, complete eating plan, a week's worth of menus, recipes and more. (Click the item below to download a brief version of the DASH diet guide.)

DASH Diet "In Brief"
A shortened version of the Guide just above. Includes the eating plan, a sample full-day menu, helpful tips and a chart for recording food consumption and physical activity.     

Great website to learn about how to make healthy seafood choices. You can print a quick pocket guide that can be referred to when dining out or shopping at the grocery store.

Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen"    
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit group that aims to disseminate public information to protect public health and the environment. Their "Dirty" and "Clean" produce lists inform consumers concerning pesticides on fresh food they buy.  

World's Healthiest Foods
This site is a product of the non-profit George Mateljan Foundation that aims to educate about healthy eating. The site includes lists of healthiest foods, recipes, menu plans, question-and-answer columns, cooking videos, articles on healthful eating topics, and other resources.

This website has great information about the Mediterranean diet, as well as traditional food pyramids. Oldways is the widely-respected non-profit "food issues think tank" credited with successfully translating the complex details of nutrition science into the familiar language of food. It is best known for developing consumer-friendly health-promotion tools, including the well-known Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.

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