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Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN
Karen J. Nolan, PhD

Nutrition information you can use right now. We know that you are more interested in what to eat for lunch than understanding how your metabolism works. Jo-Ann Heslin, a registered dietitian (RD) and certified dietitian/nutritionist (CDN), and Karen J. Nolan (PhD) have spent their careers translating nutrition science into practical, easy to understand, reliable eating advice. Diet Spotlight named TheNutritionExperts.com as one of the Top 10 Nutritionist Blogs In The Nation for 2017-2018.

They have served as advisors and consultants to business and industry and as partners in NRH Nutrition Consultants, Inc. The Experts have written 29 consumer nutrition books and two college textbooks. They have headed research studies and are frequently quoted in the media. Jo-Ann Heslin has served on the editorial boards of Prevention, American Baby, Childbirth Education, Environmental Nutrition Newsletter and the Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly.  She is currently the Food & Nutrition Columnist for www.HealthNewsDigest.com.

Today with sales of over 8 million books, Jo-Ann Heslin and Karen Nolan have recently turned six of their most popular nutrition counter books into eBooks available on iTunes and Kindles. Take a look at these as well as our popular books in print.

Information about food choices can be confusing because nutrition science is constantly evolving. We’ll help you to translate this information into good advice you can use right now. When you read posts on this site, we want you to feel like you’re having lunch with an old friend – not threatened or intimidated into making changes, but encouraged and supported toward a healthier lifestyle.

Try our advice – it’s practical, easy to understand, reliable, and gets results.

Everyone loves to talk about food–it’s fun!

But, we need to talk about nutrition, too–it’s important to your health.

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Lois Bowman September 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm

My husband is diabetic and counts carbs for insulin dosage. Your books are great for this at home. Is there a website available to get the listed carbs?? We are going on a trip and it would be easier to look up on the web than to carry the book.


James J. Pickering September 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

Your web site is wonderful. Updates on books and nutritional information helpful. Please try to put a picture of yourselves on this introductory page. I know what you look like, but other visitors might not. JJP


LORNA YANOW November 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I SENT YOU A QUESTION AS WHERE TO .PURCHase this item and you said my e-mail was incorrect – it is correct…so pls. reply. thanx


jackie carlson January 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

To Whom: I have the second edition of “. . . Food Counter” and I use it continually in the kitchen. Can you explain fully why the sugar counts are not listed for fruits and vegetables? I know there is a difference between fructose and sugar but surely it is important to know which fruits have the highest counts, etc.. Thank you so much.


Marvin Glickman September 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I have your book, The Complete Food Counter, and pages 711 through 719 show no sodium value for PeiWei Asian dinners which appears to be an error. I need the correct value of sodium in order to use this restaurant. I look forward to your response. Thank you


Jo Ann Heslin, RD September 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

At this time restaurants provide nutrition information voluntarily. PeiWei Asian Diners did not provide sodium values.


Jessica Faleide April 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

This message is for Jo Ann Heslin, M.,A., R.D.

I have your book “The complete Food counter” and I was amazed to see you have the Super oxide Dismutase for each food. You obviously must know of Dr. Joe McCord who discovered SOD. Have you seen his study on NRF2 activation? If not I want to share with you the primetime investigative report of his discovery. It is a 7 minute video I think you will find to be interesting if you haven’t seen this from years ago. I would love your feedback on his discovery. Go to http://www.abcliveit.com. You will see the primetime report and if you want to see the scientific studies on protandim, you can go to http://www.pubmed.gov and search protadim for the peer reviewed studies. If you have any questions for Dr. McCord, my friend is neighbor’s with him and he is very kind to answer questions people have for him. Please feel free to email me at jpmscc05@gmail.com or call me at 701-793-2921. I think it is great to see experts in the health industry keeping up to date with information to help better their customer’s overall health! We thank you!

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Jessica Faleide April 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

I am so sorry. for some reason I thought this was a private message!


Tkhan May 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

I’ve a domain (Nutrition-Experts.com) if you’re interested, please send me an email


Arthur Wood July 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I picked up a copy of your “Complete Food Counter – 4th edition” today and on first look, thought it was great. There is an area that seems to be missing though, and that’s “fresh vegetables”. Only mixed vegetables are listed, We don’t buy mixed veggies, and my favourites are spinach, broccoli and asparagus, and now and again, a few carrots. I’d like some updated info on fresh vegetables

A second area you’re a bit light on is fish fillets. All you list are battered pkgs. I don’t batter my fish. Just a little lemon juice and a dash of salt

When I see your next edition on the shelf, I’ll check it out and see if you’ve included these areas. Meanwhile, I’ll go back to my centuries old calorie counter when I need reference.
Cordially Yours
Art Wood


Phil Schermerhorn March 26, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Question…I have a copy of your book printed in 2008. I am taking plant sterol/stanol supplements. The NatureMade people suggest taking the supplements prior to meals. Your book says,”getting 2 to 3 grams of plant sterols daily can reduce total cholesterol…” The question is…does it matter when (during the day) you take supplements…in the morning or prior to meals (and if prior to meals, how long before the meal). I want to be as efficient as possible when it comes to cholesterol control. I know what it does when created by the liver and know we need very little dietary cholesterol. I am trying to be as healthy as I can be (hour walks up and down hills every day, consuming 25 or more grams of fiber daily and keeping the sat. fat under 20 grams a day. Love to her your take.


Phil Schermerhorn March 26, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Did my question on plant sterols/stanols get through? If not, please email me. THank you.


Manal June 22, 2015 at 4:15 am


I noticed you are linking to a handful of nutritional sites and blogs, but you aren’t linking out to Scale Beyond Scale.

Have you seen it yet? It provides a ton of nutritional value to anyone who is looking to live a healthier life.

Hope you’re having a lovely day! Keep up the good work, I really enjoy reading research from The Nutrition Expert.




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Phil Schermerhorn July 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

PLease explain your take on these two items: Your body will protect the weight it’s comfortable with (it is hard to lost weight because your body will try very hard to stay at the weight it’s been at for the last few years). Item 2: Per “Cooking Light” magazine; Consuming dietary cholesterol is not a health issue because your body makes enough for what it needs. The problem is that saturated fat kick starts the cholesterol making process and you end up with more than you need in your system. I tend to believe the first item because I have been trying to lose weight since March and I just can’t get under 180. The second item is a mystery because there are so many different beliefs.


Anita w. August 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

I was most upset when I bought your book-” The Most Complete Food Counter” – Second Edition- It gives no fiber value for fresh raspberries!!! I was horrified. How can a book that promises to have all of the foofd values NOT have fiber listed for RASPBERRIES! I was ready to return the book to the bookstore. Please explain why a fruit so high in fiber has only a dash listed in the fiber column in this book.


Anita w. August 25, 2015 at 11:18 am

In ” The Most Complete Food Counter- Second Edition” you have no fiber value for raspberries. Why not???


Ruthann August 31, 2015 at 8:31 pm

I am so sorry I bought your book “The Most Complete Food Counter”, second edition. Since the print in the smaller books was so hard to see, I thought I would go for a larger book (yours), and it was the only one that gave nutritional information for baba ghanoush. After I got the book home I started looking up calorie counts for food and found that most of the food is either canned or packaged (the information is already on the package), or it’s for restaurants. So I’m back to the web looking up simple things like tomatoes, jicama, daikon and spinach, none of which are listed. I wasted $23.

I can’t take it back because I started highlighting things as soon as I got home, and then realized most of the listings are for packaged or processed food.


Patsy Reagan October 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm

I have a question. In the Complete Food Counter, where are grapes listed??? I need the nutritional information for this food group. Thank you.


Sarah Powers June 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

My father was diagnosed diabetic at 42, and had a quad bypass at age 60. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at 89. Two doctors told my mother that she would not be able to keep Dad alive on a low-sodium, low-sugar, low-potassium diet. My sister-in-law and I found your book, The Most Complete Food Counter, and gave it to my mother. She used it to keep Dad alive for 2 more years. She asked me to express her gratitude to you, and said that it saved her life and his. No other book contained such a high level of information in a practical form. THANK YOU for helping our family to enjoy being with them and for giving Mom and Dad two more years together. You will never know how much that meant to all of his children and grandchildren.


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Phil Schermerhorn February 4, 2019 at 2:13 pm

It appears you never got back to me on my comments and questions. And actually, I am very interested in how body metabolism works just as much as what I need to eat for lunch (breakfast and dinner too). I would love for someone to contact me as I am in the same condition I was in 2015. Attempting to lose weight and stay healthy.


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