Useful websites

WHF – World’s Healthiest Foods

Example search: [carrots]

The website is a bit tacky, and there are advertised books and trendy looking meal plans all over the front page, but the written content is extensive and generally of high quality

It seems to me like the author is a conditioned low-fat advocate with some outdated views on dietary cholesterol [eggs]. Those biases aside, there is so much useful information on this website, it’s well worth going back to.

What I like about it are the comprehensive food profiles, e.g. [carrots], which show extensive nutrition information, and the wealth of scientific and culinary information provided – from how to choose, store and prepare certain foods, to what the latest science says about the health benefits of component nutrients. Even better, the references to the research papers are provided.

What I don’t like about it is that it completely omits butter, olive oil, and all other cooking oils. They make an exception for Extra Virgin Olive, which is not a the BEST cooking oil.
I don’t understand why these foods are omitted. I suspect they aren’t seen as “healthy”, and so they don’t qualify for being featured on the website. But, to me this is not the way to present an impartial, scientifically rigorous account of the facts about foods as relevant to human health.
If you believe butter and olive oil are unhealthy, why not prove your case by presenting their nutrient profiles and relevant research?


TODO  I’ll fill in my descriptions of the following websites over time




BDA – The British Dietetic Association


BBC Food



One of my go-to resources for the initial reading on new health topics, and for quick recaps. Usually because it’s one of the top Google search results.

Easy to read articles.

References cited.

Useful for learning the narratives for debated health topics.



A resource for biomedical and life science publications.

PubMed’s own description of itself

PubMed comprises over 29 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Publishers of journals can submit their citations to NCBI and then provide access to the full-text of articles at journal web sites using LinkOut.

For a brief overview of searching PubMed, see the Quick Start section.



An excellent resource for chemistry and biochemistry publications.

Example search: [vitamin d3]

PubChem’s own description of itself

PubChem is an open chemistry database at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)“Open” means that you can put your scientific data in PubChem and that others may use it.

We collect information on chemical structures, identifiers, chemical and physical properties, biological activities, patents, health, safety, toxicity data, and many others.

Since the launch in 2004, PubChem has become a key chemical information resource for scientists, students, and the general public. Each month our website and programmatic services provide data to several million users worldwide.


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