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Welcome to Consumer Corner!
Consumer Corner is for the public and educators who work with them, and is a sub-site of the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC). Our goal is to help you find information on food and nutrition topics consumers most frequently ask about and link you to the most trustworthy and up-to-date information from both government and non-government sources.

Navigating Consumer Corner
To find information in Consumer Corner, use the menu box on the right. (The left-side menu takes you to the main FNIC web site, which is primarily for professionals.) To find the best consumer-friendly information, we recommend staying within Consumer Corner using the right side menu topics.

If you want more technical information, use the "I Want To...See Professional & Other Resources" link on the right side of selected topic pages. This will take you to the main FNIC web page containing professional-level information on this same topic.

Fresh vegetables All About Food

Get resources on cooking, recipes and food storage. Find food facts and history, including definitions of food and cooking terms. Want to learn the carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, mineral or calorie content of a food? Check out our section on nutrition composition.

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Get smart about balanced eating. Find nutrition resources on medical and health conditions like food allergies, diabetes, and heart disease. Learn about weight control. Explore information on fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. And learn how to evaluate the health information you find online.

Family Eating a Meal Together Ages & Stages

Information geared to different age groups, infants to seniors. Also has section for families that want to eat smart and be active. The Special Needs Kids section covers common nutrition challenges faced by children with special needs and their caregivers.

DIY - Do It Yourself

Interactive tools to help you check and plan your diet. Also test your knowledge of food safety and nutrition.

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Find answers to commonly asked questions, guidance on searching the site as well as contact information for asking questions or giving us feedback.

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Have questions? Discover answers by exploring our FAQs.


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