To be completely honest with you, when I first delved into the world of nutrition I couldn’t find anything out there that offered the basics of nutrition for a complete beginner.
Yes there are hundreds of papers you can read if you’re an academic, and of course have been taught how to critically analyse the literature! Or, at the other end of the spectrum, there is a whole host of health and wellness websites, magazines, blogs, videos etc., which offer ‘nutritional’ advice on the basis of anecdotal evidence and pseudoscience.
I noticed a gap between the information available for the scientists and information available for the general public, which is one of the main reasons why I wrote my book.
I want to make evidence-based nutrition more accessible, less complex, and easy to follow.
With that said, (while you are desperately waiting for my book!), there are a number of good resources online which can help you to build a solid foundation in nutrition. Here are some of my favourites:
For the basics:
- Precision Nutrition – The best for newbies looking to grasp the basics of nutrition with easy to read articles and infographics written by nutrition and fitness experts.
- The Rooted Project – This event series was set up by two registered dieticians in London. You don’t need any nutrition knowledge, or qualifications, to come to their events. They choose speakers who are leaders in their field who are able to translate the science into interesting and practical content.
- Food and Nonsense – set up by a registered dietician, Helen, as a fun way to discuss nutrition and to provide a sound source of information for people who are interested in their diet and their health. She aims to translate the science of nutrition into simple and practical advice that can be applied to everyday life.
- NHS Choices ‘Live Well’ pages – Although this information is very simplified, they offer evidence based, easy to follow advice based on the current government guidelines.
- The British Dietetics Association (BDA) provide tons of food fact sheets written by dieticians to help you learn the best ways to eat well and stay healthy.
- www.thefoodmedic.co.uk and don’t forget you can find lots of informative articles on my website!
If you want to further expand your nutritional knowledge, after you have read up on some of the basics, here are some resources that I recommend:
- Ben Coomber Radio – A podcast which I first listened to as a university student. Ben is very much a straight talking guy. There’s no science jargon here, but he offers pretty sound advice on everything nutrition, food, mindset, exercise, and sports performance.
- Sigma Nutrition podcast – This one in particular is my current favourite. Every week the show features deep-diving interviews with amazing guests with expertise in different areas related to nutrition, health, performance, and mindset. Little bit of a heads up, the topics on this podcast can be quite advanced (i.e. not for those allergic to science).
- Body Recomposition by Lyle Mc Donald – Lyle offers scientific information on general nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, training, and research reviews.
- Don’t salt my game podcast – Hosted by nutritionist Laura Thomas. Laura speaks with what she calls ‘game changers’ (i.e. experts in the industry). She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and call out any faddy trends or advice that don’t have any scientific merit. Warning: several f-bombs are often dropped in her podcasts!
Of course there are many more experts out there that I highly commend, and by and large, they are all qualified nutritionists, researchers in nutrition, registered dieticians, and doctors.
Take home message, they all are qualified to offer advice on their areas of interest and expertise.
Pixie (a.k.a @plantbased_pixie), a nutritionist and contributor to The Food Medic blog, has written a clever article on how to detect, what she likes to call, the ‘nutri-bollocks’ (i.e. bad science) out there. Read how to become a pseudoscience detective here.