There have been a number of web tools that have “opened for business” in the past year related food nutrition and safety. I thought it might be useful to both my students and others to create a “The Best…” list related to the topic.
You can also find links to most of these sites — and more — on my website under Health.
Here are my picks — not in order of preference — for The Best Sites For Learning About Nutrition & Food Safety (and that are accessible to English Language Learners, of course):
Breaking News English has a lesson, including audio support for the text, titled Life Near Fast Food Restaurants Unhealthy.
Calorie King has a fairly accessible database on the nutritional content ofmany different kinds of food. It would require some pre-teaching on what nutrition labels mean, though.
Fatburgr provides basic nutritional information on menus from popular fast food restaurants in a very simple and accessible interface.
The University of California-Davis has developed some wonderfully entertaining, informative, and accessible music videos about food safety issues. They’re closed-captioned, and many, if not all, are not sung very fast..
Get On The Right Track To Healthy Eating is a simple e-book with audio support.
Fantastic Food Challenge is another healthy food game — this time from Michigan State University.
The Incredible Adventures Of The Amazing Food Detective comes from Kaiser Permanente Health
The Top 100 Foods To Improve Productivity is an interactive from the British newspaper The Guardian.
The Food Pyramid is a good animated movie from Brainpop, Jr., though you have to subscribe in order to view it.
(The United States Agriculture Department has now replaced the Food Pyramid with “My Plate.” You can read about the change at The Christian Science Monitor. More importantly, you can access online interactive tools and printables at the My Plate site. You can also see an interesting Wall Street Journal slideshow documenting the history of the government’s efforts to help the public learn about nutrition.)
Good Guide, which I’ve posted about previously, rates products on health, environmental and social performance. They’ve recently added food items to the items they review (you can read more about it at this Webware post). Their ratings are a little different from the other sites on this list, and might be worth a look.
CBS News has an impressive interactive on Diet and Nutrition.
Two Foods lets you easily compare the nutritional content of…any two foods.
Why Americans Are Fat is an infographic that explains why knowing about nutrition is critical for our students.
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab is from PBS, and is designed to help kids learn healthy food habits. Most of the text on the site is provided with audio support.
The Nutrition Cafe at the Pacific Science Center has some neat activities.
Food Champs has a lot different leveled activities related to food vocabulary and nutrition. Most, if not all, of the site is accessible to English Language Learners.
You can play the Food Pyramid Adventure game. 9 condiments that are good for you is an MSNBC slideshow that would be accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners.
The Salt Hiding in Your Diet is an interactive from the Wall Street Journal that shows…where you wouldn’t think you’d find salt in your diet.
Lunch Line Redesign is a New York Times interactive that highlights ways that school cafeterias are using to encourage students to eat more healthy foods. It’s really quite interesting, and I think it could be a great discussion starter with students.
Pick Chow is an interactive game on nutrition.
Here are some sites related to obesity that are accessible to ELL’s:
The Wall Street Journal has a Childhood Obesity Map.
The Journal also has another map called Obesity Rates, State by State.
The Trust For America’s Health has just published a map titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010. It shows adult and child obesity rates by state.
If you scroll down this Journal article, you’ll also see an accessible infographic will more useful information..
Weight of the world is a fascinating interactive infographic from The Washington Post that lets you see how people in different countries have gained weight over the past thirty years.
You Say Potato, Scale Says Uh-Oh is a Wall Street Journal report on a study that “quantifies how much weight a person is likely to gain or lose over four years based on one additional daily serving of a range of specific foods.” This article is particularly useful to English Language Learners because it contains a very accessible infographic.
Let’s Take a Look at How Fat the World Has Become is a chart from The Atlantic.
I’m also adding a slideshow on America’s Wacky Fair Foods. It could be a fun example to show students about what not to eat.
The New York Times has published a fascinating article titled Is Junk Food Cheaper? It’s not accessible to English Language Learners, but it includes a lot of important information that teachers might want to modify to share with students. Here’s an excerpt that particularly struck me:
…the engineering behind hyperprocessed food makes it virtually addictive. A 2009 study by the Scripps Research Institute indicates that overconsumption of fast food “triggers addiction-like neuroaddictive responses” in the brain, making it harder to trigger the release of dopamine. In other words the more fast food we eat, the more we need to give us pleasure; thus the report suggests that the same mechanisms underlie drug addiction and obesity.
California teens eat fewer calories in school is from Reuters.
Processed sugar isn’t just a recipe for obesity—it may also hurt your ability to learn
is from The Pacific Standard.
Adolescent Health | Nutrition, Healthy Weight and Eating Disorders is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Are Your Eating Habits Healthy? is also from The NYT Learning Network.
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Fast Food FACTS Report Are Fast-Food Advertisers Playing You? Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? is from The New York Times. “Where are you on the global fat scale?” Calorie Count is an accessible tool that tells you the number of calories just about every commercially produced food contains, and also shares information on different types of exercises and how much you have to do of them to work off those calories.
Discussing Junk Food With English-Language Learners is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Walk-to-burn-calorie menu ‘diet aid’ is from The BBC.
‘Soda Mouth’ Can Look A Lot Like ‘Meth Mouth’ is from NPR.
The healthiest regions in the United States is an impressive interactive infographic from The Washington Post.
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Sugar content of everyday foods – in pictures is from The Guardian.
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11 Kinds Of Junk Food That Cost Almost Twice As Much As Something Healthier is from Buzz Feed.
Why BMI Isn’t The Best Measure for Weight (or Health) is an article from TIME.
Tips For Storing Your Food is a useful interactive.
The New York Times has created an interactive called What 2,000 Calories Looks Like.
Eat: The Story Of Food is an impressive interactive from National Geographic. It examines the history, health and future of food with what appears to be an almost endless supply of multimedia features. I’m adding it to this list, particularly because of its section on sugar.
The Test: What’s The Right Diet For You? is from the BBC.
SuperTracker is an impressive interactive from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. It’s designed to help you track your diet and exercise. Surprisingly, though, it doesn’t appear to have a critically important feature — showing how much exercise is required to “work-off” calories gained from each food. Tons of research shows that’s key to help people become conscious of their diet. Fortunately, there are other tools on this list that do that. You can read an article in the Wall Street Journal that tells more about the site.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide what studies have found to be the most useful info — how much time it takes to do various exercises to “work it off.”
As always, feedback is welcome.