Center for Science in the Public Interest

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 1220 L St NW #300 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: On-going programs at CSPI include nutrition, food safety, alcohol, antibiotic resistance, corporate influence on science, and biotechnology. For over 30 years, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Its award-winning newsletter, the Nutrition Action Healthletter (the largest-circulation health newsletter in the country), provides reliable information on nutrition and health.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the Nutrition Action Healthletter put out by CSPI. It's a top publication especially for laypersons who are not professionally trained in nutrition, but who understand how important it is in our daily lives. When I read the articles that debunk the health myths put out by food marketers about their food, I feel that there is some watchdog organization looking out for all of us: CSPI. Thanks to a Nutrition Action Healthletter article relating to eating behaviors, in addition, I was introduced to the research done by Brian Wansink, a leader in the field of nutrition, who also started a weight-loss program, Mindless Eating Method, which contributed to my loss of 20 pounds over the past year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Better eating choices and weight loss

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask them to start translating Nutrition Action Healthletter into Spanish in order to reach out to the Latino population, which is experiencing diabetes as a particularly growing problem.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Possibly through Prevention Magazine, can't quite recall...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love CSPI and the Nutrition Action Health Letter. The Health Letter is one of the main ways I keep up with evidenced based nutrition information as a Registered Dietitian. They deliver clear, no-nonsense information that is very much appreciated. They aren't afraid to name names when they have good or bad things to say about a product or issue. It has helped me learn how to critique products on my own and therefore teach my clients how to as well. Also, I have contacted the staff at CSPI several times and they are always very quick to respond (usually the same business day) with helpful information you know came from a real person and not an automated response. I also love the"Chemical Cuisine" feature on their website. They are doing real work and making real progress to make our nation's food environment safer and healthier. Everyone should get the Nutrition Action Health Letter!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I LOVE the Nutrition Action Healthletter! I would say I’ve learned more from it in all the years I’ve subscribed than from any other single resource. Always really good, accurate, unbiased information you can trust--they are leaders in the field. And they present it with clarity and humor. I highly recommend it! I also encourage people to support CSPI--it is a way to become part of a group that really makes a difference!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Among its many more notable functions, this organization is looking out for Americans and doing the dirty work of exposing the deceptive food marketing practices of multinational food corporations. Not only this, but it works hard to educate the public on eating more healthfully. In particular, I love Nutrition Action newsletter which is put out by the CSPI. It is sometimes written in a humorous style that will tickle your funny bone. In particular, one of the issues featured an interview with Brian Wansink, professor of nutrition at Cornell. After I read this, it left me wanting to know more. In my losing 20 pounds this past year, I am sure that Nutrition Action newsletter has helped. Other articles tackle tough issues like diabetes management, reading vitamin labels and so much more. As a citizen concerned about the quality and options of food in America, I can't recommend the work of this organization enough.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot trust health information from any source that has advertising. It often involves possible conflict of interest. What I do want is a health information source that is free of advertising. I want a publication that is not under any influence of any advertiser. This information source would be able to tell about the latest research without any repercussions. There is a publication that that meets these needs. It is Nutrition Action Newsletter. A reader of Nutrition Action Newsletter knows that their own health is job one. Not the profit of some advertiser, or the publication itself. My sister got health information from a commercial publication. I said you cannot trust that. This publication can advertise food that is unhealthy and thereby you know the bottom line of the publication is job one not the reader’s health. My solution to this was to get her a gift subscription to Nutrition Action Newsletter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

keeping me healthy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love my subscription to CSPI Newsletter. (I get the US version, but there is also a Canadian version). The information helps me make smart food choices for a healthier life, and for those who aren't aware of food facts, this is the organization that tries to educate the public by working to label appropriately the good and bad food trends that affect us all. Keep up the good work, CSPI!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

We have subscribed to NAHL for several years and my wife and I have given subscriptions to our daughters and to my wife's sisters and brother because we think so highly of this publication. Unlike so many health related newsletters, it is written for Canadian subscribers with examples of food products, brands, retailers, and restaurants in Canada, not the USA. It is one of the few publications that is clearly not trying to sell us anything including diet plans or products. The articles are well-researched and the content is presented in an attractive and very readable format. It is short enough and of sufficient interest that it is read from cover to cover. No advertising means that all the pages are full of nutrition and health information, recipes, and food product reviews. This is one of the best values on the market for the health-conscious consumer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the material in their wonderful publication.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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