Registered dietitian nutritionists rely on evidence-based resources to provide safe and competent care to their clients and patients. This section serves as a hub for RDNs to locate credible resources to use in their practice and share with patients. This list provides general resources and is not comprehensive. Each practice area of dietetics has specialty resources and clinical judgement is required.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetic Practice Groups
The Academy's dietetic practice groups are professional interest groups that focus on specialized areas of food and nutrition. Many dietetic practice groups house resources specific to their practice area on their group websites, which may or may not be accessible by non-members.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC is one of the main components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and aims to protect the health of Americans through science, surveillance and health promotion. The CDC website provides statistics and basic information on diseases and conditions that affect Americans.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are based on systematic reviews and it's published every five years by the USDA and HHS. The Dietary Guidelines are the foundation of federal nutrition policies and provide general nutrition recommendations for the healthy population ages 2 years and older.
The Academy's eatrightSTORE offers numerous resources including clinical guide books, pocket guides, toolkits, presentations and case studies. In addition to practitioner resources, eatrightSTORE offers client education materials on a variety of topics.
Evidence Analysis Library
The EAL contains over 40 systematic reviews on nutrition topics and 18 evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines for Academy members and subscribers. Expert Academy member workgroups search and analyze the literature, synthesize answers to research questions and develop recommendations for practitioners.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' monthly peer-reviewed journal includes topics such as nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, public health, foodservice, leadership and management. The Journal contains monthly continuing education opportunities, a message from the Academy president and a question of the month. The Journal's website also provides podcasts featuring authors of various articles.
The Academy's Knowledge Center provides nutrition information to members via Eat Right Nutrition Tip Sheets, the Daily News e-newsletter and responds to member inquiries on food and nutrition topics.
MyPlate, a part of the USDA Food Guidance System, translates the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into a consumer-friendly icons and messaging. The MyPlate website contains customizable nutrition information and tools for consumers, including SuperTracker, a free diet and exercise tracker, as well as printable materials for health professionals.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Doctors and pharmacists conduct systematic reviews to produce this database of evidence-based clinical supplement information including effectiveness, safety and food/drug interactions. Content on this site is peer-reviewed by a multidisciplinary team and is continuously updated. Subscription is required.
NIH Medline Plus
The National Institute of Health's MedlinePlus provides health and drug information for patients and consumers. The website includes latest health news, patient handouts in English and Spanish as well as a medical encyclopedia of over 4,000 conditions and procedures.
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
The National Institute of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements provides fact sheets and tips on dietary supplements for consumers and health professionals, as well as links to the Dietary Reference Intake reports and Daily Value tables. The ODS website includes consumer protection information and FAQs related to supplements as well as resources for researchers.
Nutrition Care Manual
The Academy's Nutrition Care Manual is a web-based therapeutic diet manual including nutrition care information, client education materials, calculators and a formulary database. NCM meets both CMS guidelines and Joint Commission standards. The NCM covers normal and older adult nutrition and has separate manuals for sports and pediatric nutrition. Personal and institution subscriptions are available.
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
This public database was developed by the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory and the National Agricultural Library and houses nutrition information on over 8,000 foods. Users can search for foods and beverages, filter items by food group and manufacturer, and select nutrients to populate a report.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA website houses information on food, drug and dietary supplement regulations and recalls and has Web pages for consumers and health professionals. This website includes popular topics such as proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Label, the Food Safety Modernization Act and information on genetically-engineered plants.