This resource guide pulls together a variety of sources you may want to consult if you are conducting food and nutrition research, or if you are advising others on the subject.
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Resources collected from Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff (2nd Edition), created through a partnership between the California State Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region.
When searching databases on health-related topics, you can make your search more productive by using MeSH terms.
MeSH stands for Medical Subject Headings, and they are the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary for searching. MeSH consists of sets of terms that allows you to search at various levels of specificity. They range from the very general, such as diseases, to the very specific, like palatal neoplasms.
It may help to think of the MeSH as a giant medical thesaurus. When you search using a MeSH term, you not only search those particular words, but any concepts that have been related to this term by the National Library of Medicine. This includes synonyms, subtopics, and supplementary concepts. There is a lot of search power in a MeSH term!
When searching topics related to nutrition, the following MeSH subject headings may be useful:
|Nutritional Sciences||The study of NUTRITION PROCESSES as well as the components of food, their actions, interaction, and balance in relation to health and disease||2007|
|Child Nutrition Sciences||The study of NUTRITION PROCESSES as well as the components of food, their actions, interaction, and balance in relation to health and disease of children, infants or adolescents||2007|
|Nutrition Assessment||Evaluation and measurement of nutritional variables in order to assess the level of nutrition or the NUTRITIONAL STATUS of the individual. NUTRITION SURVEYS may be used in making the assessment||1990|
|Nutrition Therapy||Improving health status of an individual by adjusting the quantities, qualities, and methods of nutrient intake||2004|
|Nutrition Surveys||A systematic collection of factual data pertaining to the nutritional status of a human population within a given geographic area. Data from these surveys are used in preparing NUTRITION ASSESSMENTS|
|Nutrition Processes||Biological actions and events that constitute the steps by which living organisms take in and assimilate NUTRIENTS.||2007|
|Nutrition Policy||Governmental guidelines and objectives pertaining to public food supply and nutrition including recommendations for healthy diet and changes in food habits to ensure healthy diet.||1995|
|Nutrition Disorders||Disorders caused by nutritional imbalance, either overnutrition or undernutrition.|
|Nutritive Value||An indication of the contribution of a food to the nutrient content of the diet. This value depends on the quantity of a food which is digested and absorbed and the amounts of the essential nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals, vitamins) which it contains. This value can be affected by soil and growing conditions, handling and storage, and processing.||1979|
|Nutritional Requirements||The amounts of various substances in food needed by an organism to sustain healthy life.||1984|
|Nutritional Status||State of the body in relation to the consumption and utilization of nutrients.||1987|
|Food Labeling||Use of written, printed, or graphic materials upon or accompanying a food or its container or wrapper. The concept includes ingredients, nutritional value, directions, warnings, and other relevant information.||1974|
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