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Nutrition: Processed Foods vs. Unprocessed Foods Research Start Guide


Robert Kenner (director). Food Inc. Magnolia Pictures. 2009. Media DVD HD9005 .F66 2009. Closed Reserve (see circulation).

  • Documentary about the US food industry. DVD includes additional resources.


Koplan, Jeffrey, Catharyn T. Liverman, and Vivaca I Kraak. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. National Academies Press, Washington, DC. 2005.

Altman, Tracy A. FDA and USDA Nutrition Labeling Guide: Decision Diagrams, Checklists, and Regulations. Lancaster, PA. Technomic, 1998.

Journal Titles

  1. Food, Culture, and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
  2. Nutrition in Clinical Care
  3. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
  4. Nutrition Bulletin
  5. The Open Nutrition Journal
  6. Nutrition and Metabolism
  7. Environmental Nutrition
  8. Alive
  9. Food and Nutrition Research
  10. Journal of the American College of Nutrition
  11. Journal of Nutrition Education
  12. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  13. Better Nutrition
  14. Food and Nutrition
  15. Topics in Clinical Nutrition
  16. Nutrition Journal
  17. Food and Foodways
  18. Nutrition Forum
  19. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  20. Nutrition Today
  21. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
  22. Family Economics and Nutrition Review
  23. Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture
  24. Current Nutrition and Health Forum
  25. Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition
  26. Nutrition News
  27. Nutrition and Health
  • Peer-reviewed. Available through Ebsco (via Galileo)

WWW Databases

USDA Food Availability (per capita) Data System.

  • The ERS Food Consumption database includes three distinct but related data series on food and nutrient availability for consumption. The data serve as popular proxies for actual consumption. Data are now provided through 2008 at the national level.

USDA Diet Quality and Food Consumption.

  • Analysis of US food consumption trends, dietary patterns, and the relationship between food intake and nutritional/health outcomes. Also includes data systems and resource recommendations.

USDA National Nutrient Database.

  • Use online or download a pdf. Nutritional content of 7,538 foods. Searchable.

Web Resources

USDA MyFood-A-Pedia

  • Search for a particular food by item or food group. Calorie and nutritional content.

USDA MyPyramid

  • Use the MyPyramid Tracker to assess your food intake and activity level. Register for a free account.

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

  • Non-profit. Study of food and: economics, addiction, nutrition & obesity, agriculture, industry, marketing, law, public & government policy, family & communities, schools. News, policy reports, legislation database, blog, lists of publications, additional resources.

Michael Pollan Website.

  • Michael Pollan is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. He is a widely published and respected author of both articles and monographs on the subjects of food and culture. His website includes articles, blog entries, and links to informative and authoritative website and information sources for research in food and nutrition.

Association for the Study of Food and Society.

  • Non-profit. Stated "goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society". Publishes Food, Culture and Society. News items, Food Studies Links, members listserv.


Pollan, Michael. "You Are What You Grow." New York Times Magazine. April 22, 2007.

Adam Drewnowski. Various articles via Galileo. Perform an author or keyword search for "Drewnowski, A." or "Drewnowski, Adam" in either Galileo or any database. Use the dynamic tools to locate articles by co-authors, etc.

Subject Terms

  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition policy -- United States
  • Health promotion -- United States
  • Obesity -- prevention & control
  • Health promotion -- methods
  • Food industry and trade -- United States          
  • Food industry and trade -- Quality control
  • Food prices -- United States

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