The Best Evidence-Based Plant-Based Nutrition Websites

by | Apr 27, 2019

The internet is full of noise. Regardless of the subject matter, you can find anything out there — and frighteningly, there’s no credential required to give advice out over the web. It can get confusing with the amount of plant-based nutrition talk on the internet, so who do you trust? Luckily, there are some really fantastic resources that are also trustworthy.

Here are some of my favorite evidence-based plant-based nutrition websites.

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Nutritionfacts.org

Run by Dr. Michael Greger, this is an amazing resource for the most current research on plant-based nutrition. You will find thousands of videos (most are around 5 minutes long or less) that cover what the evidence says to some of the most frequently asked questions in this space. For instance, which are better for you, chia or flax seeds? What’s the real cause of type 2 diabetes? What does the science say about dairy consumption and health?

It should also be noted that Nutritionfacts.org is a 501c3 nonprofit charity, funded by individual donors. It is a strictly non-commercial, peer-reviewed science-based FREE public service for anyone seeking evidence-based information. Dr. Greger is also the author of How Not To Die, a great book that he also didn’t earn a penny from.

Nutritionstudies.org

This is the website for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Here, you will find plant-based recipes, evidence-based blog articles, and even courses to take – like the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate offered in conjunction with eCornell. Dr. Campbell is most well-known for his leading role in the research discussed in The China Study, one of the most comprehensive studies on nutrition and health ever conducted.

The mission of this website is to “promote optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy, and research. By empowering individuals and health professionals, we aim to improve personal, public, and environmental health.”

Vegan Health

Veganhealth.org is run by well-known and highly credible plant-based registered dietitians, Reed Mangels, Ginny Messina, and Jack Norris.

I frequent this website to find the most up-to-date research on specific nutrients, nutritional needs for individuals following plant-based diets (and where to get certain nutrients), and chronic disease rates among vegans.

This website provides:

  • Reviews of the scientific literature related to the health benefits of a vegan diet.
  • Discussions about concerns related to vegan nutrition.
  • Recommendations for nutrients that can be low in the diets of some vegans.

Plant Based Juniors

Nicknamed “PBJs”, this site is run by my friends and colleagues Alex and Whitney, who are predominantly plant-based registered dietitians AND moms of young plant-based kids. They recognized a need for evidence-based nutrition information for parents and caregivers who want to raise plant-based families.

PBJs was created to dig through the research on your behalf and tell you what the science really says about plant-based nutrition for kids. And, spoiler alert: it’s entirely feasible to raise healthy, thriving, plant-based kids!

They have also authored the ebook First Bites, The Definitive Guide to Baby-Led Weaning for Plant-Based Babies, which you can grab here.

Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

Also known as PCRM, this is a website led by Dr. Neal Barnard and colleagues, which include physicians, registered dietitians, PhDs, public health experts, and attorneys.

Here, you will find evidence-based nutrition and health information for clinicians, medical students, scientists, and the general public. For example, the benefits of soy for breast cancer, the best foods to promote healthy gut bacteria, the role of red and processed meats in heart disease and cancer, and how plant foods can combat migraines.

PCRM is “dedicated to saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research.”

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  • What websites do you currently refer to for plant-based health and nutrition questions?

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