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Nutrition.gov

Nutrition.gov is a gateway to a wide range of food and nutrition information provided by federal government programs. It is recommended as a reliable resource hub for nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety.

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Review Date: 12/31/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

Users can browse the general categories listed on the site from the top menu. The content is not organized in a logical manner and requires users to click links that direct them to another page with more links. However, the search bar is comprehensive and pulls results from across the entire website, weighting them by keyword appearance.

Visual Design

Stock images and lack of multimedia resources makes this website uninviting and outdated. Any supplemental resources are presented as small thumbnails that cannot be enlarged. The plain graphic design is underwhelming and stands up poorly against other contemporary nutrition websites.

Quality

Nutrition.gov is a high quality source of nutritional information and research. Most of this comes from links to a wide variety of websites devoted to all aspects of nutrition that are relevant to any consumer. References are rarely given, although other content sources are usually provided. The website achieves its stated goal to present content in an objective, unbiased manner that is consistent with current science and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Credibility

The content is created by registered dietitians with guidance from a working group that consists of scientific experts in food and nutrition within USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The resources provided here vary significantly regarding the inclusion of authors/editors of the content. Most point users to other federal departments, which are reliable sources of information. Much of the information has not been reviewed in the last 2 years.

Pros

  1. Excellent first stop for government-recommended information on general health, nutrition, and wellness
  2. MyPlate section with specific food and seasonal information, recipes, food safety, budget information, and food waste
  3. Information on growing food, food composition, food storage, FAQs
  4. Links to food asistance
  5. Articles are written for the general reader and free of jargon

Cons

  1. Information and resources require navigating from the site and are limited to government-issued content on health topics
  2. Much of the information may be outdated
  3. Topics are difficult to locate due to a lack of images or multimedia resources

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Food assistance programs, videos, recipes, FAQs

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: nginbox@ars.usda.gov