Throughout my childhood, I changed my mind about what I wanted to be when I grew up just as much as the next kid. At one point in my life I was going to be a pediatrician–until I realized I can’t stand the sight of blood. Then I was going to be a meteorologist–until I discovered I’m afraid of extreme weather and natural disasters. I think I even envisioned myself turning into an Olympic figure skater–until I remembered I don’t know how to ice skate (still really don’t). Recently, my love for healthy eating and nutrition often makes me wonder if I would have considered nutrition sciences as an undergraduate major if my high school self had the same passions and interests as my college self.
While I don’t plan on becoming an RD anytime soon, I still work on getting my “continuing education” through any resource I can find. My newest obsession? Self‘s Nutrition Data, a reference site that provides free and unbiased nutritional info.
You can analyze any food by getting detailed nutrient facts about common food and food products, menu items, recipes and even custom entries. You can generate custom Nutrition Facts labels, track your daily food intake and estimate your daily needs. The site also has an awesome search feature that lets you find food by its name, category, caloric ratio, Nutritional Target Map or nutrient.
Cool, right? That’s just the beginning of what this site can do. Go explore and see for yourself!
What’s your favorite nutrition website?