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ASSESSMENT MARKER

Institute for Optimum Nutrition

Competitive Remuneration

A great opportunity has arisen for experienced Nutritional Therapists to join the Institute for Optimum Nutrition as Assessment Markers.

ION is an independent, not for profit educational charity whose principal activity is to further the knowledge and practice of optimum nutrition.  We’re currently seeking several Assessment Markers to come on board to help with the marking of our attendance and distance learning diploma course assessment scripts and exam papers.

The successful candidates will have a minimum of three years practicing as a Nutritional Therapist and will ideally have experience of teaching to at least diploma level and hold relevant professional body membership.  You will be flexible, able to manage a varied workload, have a strong attention to detail and above all have a commitment to excellence.

These roles provide the flexibility of a self-employed contract and are based from home, with travel to ION’s HQ in Richmond London, as necessary.

To apply, please send a CV with covering letter to jobs@ion.ac.uk

Cochrane Systematic Reviews Finds Insufficient Evidence to Recommend Consumption of Whole Grains to Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – BANT Comments

A new systematic review published by the Cochrane Collaboration has found that there is insufficient evidence from randomised controlled trials to date to recommend consumption of whole grain diets to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood cholesterol or blood pressure. Cochrane Systematic Reviews are recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas welcomed the publication of this review as it confirms the conclusion arrived at by the WHOLEheart research project, a randomised controlled trial funded by the UK Foods Standards Agency and published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2010 (link here).

Toribio-Mateas continues: Public Health England (PHE) published a blog entitled “Healthy eating advice must be based on the best evidence” on the “Public Health Matters” website by PHE n May 2016. I posted a question for Dr Louis Levy if he’d be so kind to explain what would be wrong with replacing at least some of the starchy carbohydrate – mostly from wholegrains – with carbohydrate in green leafy and other vegetables (leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots). The question is still showing as “pending moderation”. Surely Dr Levy was aware of the WHOLEheart study results? Why then has PHE allowed cereal product producers to continue to display “heart friendly” logos on packs of cereal, bread, etc. where there is no evidence that these foods protect from cardiovascular disease, lower cholesterol or blood pressure? The UK Government’s Eatwell Guide says that “fibre is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. It may help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers, but most importantly it helps digestive health.” Given there’s no evidence to support the “heart health” claim, if wholegrains are included in the Eatwell Guide merely for their fibre content, why can’t someone increase their vegetable intake instead, e.g. 7 a day instead of 5 and reduce the amounts of wholegrains based on personal preference or, indeed, tolerance to starchy carbohydrate.

BANT and its members do not advocate for the removal of wholegrains from anyone’s diet. BANT members are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority to support their clients’ health with individualised, evidenced-based nutrition advice. Whilst guidelines can be useful as a starting point, promoting a one-size-fits-all dietary model such as “the Eatwell Guide” as a “healthy balanced diet” for everyone, is a concept that is losing the support of healthcare professionals across the board.”

BANT members are uniquely trained to individualise their nutrition advice so that it tackles the need of the person they’re working with, instead of following a handout generated by a computer programme.”

The most common reasons people seek nutritional advice is to address weight loss and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following guidelines, which BANT members use as a starting point to individualise their recommendations according to their client’s needs:

The, clear, concise format of the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines enables people to see easily what food choices they should be making.  More detailed information is also given to guide people in how to make these choices and which other lifestyle factors they should be addressing.

Key advice provided by the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines includes the following:

  • Weight Loss or General Health and Wellbeing: Everyone is unique but whatever your goal similar nutritional principles and health and wellbeing guidelines will apply.
  • Eat a Rainbow: a varied diet of 7 differently coloured fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas, green and black teas. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and too much caffeine
  • Ensure protein is lean: fish, poultry, eggs and vegetable sources. Limit red and processed meat.
  • Include healthy fats: avocados, nuts, olive oil. Cook with healthy saturated fats: olive oil and butter.
  • Choose root vegetables and whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates and grains: Eat sparingly.
  • For Weight Loss: include exercise, limit portion sizes, don’t eat between meals. Avoid: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.
  • Include the right supplements: vitamin D, in particular, for most people and probiotics as advised by your Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Sleep and Exercise are an important aspect in overall Health and Wellbeing and Weight Management.

Click here to download the PDF version of this response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR / THERAPIST

Protexin is a division of Probiotics International Limited, the manufacturer and supplier of probiotic products including leading brands Bio-Kult and Lepicol. We specialise in producing effective, innovative, research based products of the highest quality for animals and humans.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a nutritional therapist or a qualified practitioner to join a fast growing, dynamic and award winning organisation.

The role:

  • To conduct key account management of health stores and pharmacies in South West London (SW1-SW12)
  • Training of Health Store and Pharmacy staff on the benefits of each of our products, covering predominantly West London.
  • To visit health stores and clinics to promote and educate staff & customers on the benefits of our products
  • Ensure products are positioned well in-store and advise on best use of POS materials and where possible dress windows.
  • Interact with customers, giving advice and attend in-store open days
  • Regularly liaise with National Sales Manager, Technical Advisor and attend regular meetings with the wider team
  • Be able to attend various shows and conferences to promote our brands.

For more detailed information click here.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV plus a covering letter giving details of your current salary to:

Claire Rowswell, HR Manager – recruitment@protexin.com

FREE ONLINE CPD OPPORTUNITIES FROM 2 BANT REGIONAL BRANCH EVENTS

We are delighted to bring you the recorded presentations and slides from two recent Regional Branch Meetings. The London & South East Regional Branch event featured leading speakers discussing nutritional approaches to supporting female health and hormone balance via targeted functional and epigenetic testing, and optimisation of detoxification pathways. Equally, the Midlands Regional Branch event featured leading experts presenting on evidence-based nutritional approaches to support cancer care.

To access the full eblast – click here

BANT Responds to Lancet Study that Highlights that a Lower Carbohydrate, High Fat Diet May Support Health

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) was interested to see the news reports relating to the article published online in The Lancet on 29 August 2017 relating to the PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) study, conducted over 10 years and encompassing 135,335 individuals within 18 countries, which found that higher carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality.

Whilst BANT was delighted to note that Professor Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation has said “health officials should re-examine dietary advice, to ensure the public was getting the best message”, BANT is once again disappointed that Public Health England continues to support outdated recommendations. A PHE representative was quoted this morning as saying, “we recommend a balanced diet based on starchy carbohydrates (50% daily intake), while reducing total fat intake and swapping saturated fats for unsaturated fats.”

This new study provides an indication that the public health policy of low fat, high carbohydrate may have been erroneous. It certainly is a sign that evidence that high carbohydrate diets are not as health-promoting as the Eatwell Guide guidelines portray. In fact, to continue to support high carbohydrate diets as “balanced” is, according to the PURE study, detrimental to the general population’s health.

BANT members are uniquely trained to individualise their evidence-based, nutrition advice so that it tackles the need of the person they’re working with, instead of following a handout generated by a computer programme.”

The most common reasons people seek nutritional advice is to address weight loss and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:

The, clear, concise format of the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines enables people to see easily what food choices they should be making.  More detailed information is also given to guide people in how to make these choices and which other lifestyle factors they should be addressing.

Key advice provided by the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines includes the following:

  • Weight Loss or General Health and Wellbeing: Everyone is unique but whatever your goal similar nutritional principles and health and wellbeing guidelines will apply.
  • Eat a Rainbow: a varied diet of 7 differently coloured fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas, green and black teas. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and too much caffeine
  • Ensure protein is lean: fish, poultry, eggs and vegetable sources. Limit red and processed meat.
  • Include healthy fats: avocados, nuts, olive oil. Cook with healthy saturated fats: coconut oil and butter.
  • Choose root vegetables and whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates and grains: Eat sparingly.
  • For Weight Loss: include exercise, limit portion sizes, don’t eat between meals. Avoid: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.
  • Include the right supplements: vitamin D, in particular, for most people and probiotics as advised by your Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Sleep and Exercise are an important aspect in overall Health and Wellbeing and Weight Management.

Click here to download the PDF version of this response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT & TECHNICAL ADVISOR – ANDOVER, HAMPSHIRE

Company description

Wren Laboratories is a family-run business based near Andover, Hampshire. It produces a range of health supplements called ‘OptiBac Probiotics’, which are sold to health food stores and pharmacies across the UK, Ireland & further afield. The company is committed to producing quality products and providing excellent customer service through a team of highly knowledgeable trade & consumer-focussed reps. A key aspect to the growth and development of the company is the continuous knowledge of new research into probiotics and prebiotics, and acquiring novel probiotic products into our range.

Job purpose

This job vacancy will increase the Technical Team from two members to three. The Technical Team supports the Marketing, Customer Services and Sales departments in making sure as a company we provide accurate and up to date scientific information on our products and probiotics in general. The team is very instrumental in the launch of new products, keeping up with regulatory demands and liaising with current and potential new suppliers.

More detailed information is located at this link: https://www.optibacprobiotics.co.uk/about/careers/new-product-development-technical-advisor 

To apply

  • Please send a CV and covering letter to Farah Janmohamed at technical-advisor@wrenlabs.comAny applications without a cover letter will not be considered. The successful candidate will carefully read the job description and detail in their letter, the skills and experience that make them suitable for all aspects of the role.
  • Deadline for applications is 30th September 2017. Applications sent after this date may not be reviewed. We cannot guarantee a response to all candidates. We may start interviewing as soon as we received applications so please apply as early as possible

BANT August News Goes Live

Welcome to the August edition of the BANT ENews. This month’s issue includes a fascinating feature article on Blood Chemistry Testing by Jonathan Cohen, an interview with BANT member, Jeannette Hyde, author of ‘The Gut Makeover’ and Dr Kate Lawrence about their collaboration on the paper: ‘Microbiome restoration diet improves digestion, cognition and physical and emotional wellbeing’ which was published in June this year and a really useful article from the Professional Practice Committee on managing client’s expectations. Access the BANT news here.

AUGUST BANT NEWS

Welcome to the August edition of the BANT ENews. This month’s issue includes a fascinating feature article on Blood Chemistry Testing by Jonathan Cohen, an interview with BANT member, Jeannette Hyde, author of ‘The Gut Makeover’ and Dr Kate Lawrence about their collaboration on the paper: ‘Microbiome restoration diet improves digestion, cognition and physical and emotional wellbeing’ which was published in June this year and a really useful article from the Professional Practice Committee on managing client’s expectations. Enjoy!

View the BANT News

View the eblast

BANT Responds to Government’s Plan to Shrink Junkfood, as Part of the Obesity Campaign

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) welcomes Public Health England’s plans to engage in further work with food manufacturers to cut sugar in cakes, biscuits and chocolate by 20 per cent by 2020. Public Health officials said they will now work with the food industry to agree plans to tackle “excess calorie consumption” in a host of savoury foods – especially those regularly consumed by children.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said “As a leading non-governmental organisation with over 2,300 members accredited by the Professional Standards Authority to deliver nutrition advice, BANT is looking forward to being involved in the public consultation to help draw up the calorie reduction programme.

I’d like to emphasise how disheartening it is, however, that taxpayers are funding public health work that focuses entirely on lowering calorie content. Reducing the size of pizzas may seem like an honourable move, but what is to stop an individual buying 2 smaller ones?” Toribio-Mateas continued: “The main issue that BANT has been highlighting for years is the fact that population-based dietary guidelines such as the Eatwell Guide are inherently flawed on a number of bases. Firstly, they are based on computer-generated models, as recently confirmed by Dr Louis Levy of Public Health England. Secondly, these computer “guesstimates” are all that Public Health England have to set an arbitrary high percentage of daily intake of carbohydrate, around 50% of total calories, most of it starch, which is akin to sugar. There is no real evidence from randomised controlled trials on the Eatwell Guide versus another dietary pattern that these guidelines are the basis of a “balanced health diet”, as we’ve been led to believe by Public Health officials for years.

Dr Levy and Dr Tedstone have been invited to comment on how different individuals have different levels of tolerance to carbohydrates and how this affects their ability to stay lean or to lose weight if they’re overweight. They’ve both rejected to comment on the matter. It is disappointing that Public Health officials are not willing to engage in healthy dialogue with stakeholders such as BANT about matters that affect the health of the nation. Public Health England keeps defaulting to “one-size-fits-all” models of nutrition advice that can never meet the needs of every single individual in the country. One could argue they’ve actually contributed to the epidemic of obesity and diabetes (type 2) we’re experiencing.

BANT members are uniquely trained to individualise their nutrition advice so that it tackles the need of the person they’re working with, instead of following a handout generated by a computer programme.”

The most common reasons people seek nutritional advice is to address weight loss and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:

The, clear, concise format of the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines enables people to see easily what food choices they should be making.  More detailed information is also given to guide people in how to make these choices and which other lifestyle factors they should be addressing.

Key advice provided by the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines includes the following. These guidelines constitute starting points that your practitioner will individualise to help you achieve you health goals according to your specific needs, so some may apply, some may be different:

  • Eat a Rainbow: a varied diet of 7 differently coloured fruit and vegetables per day contributes to better gut microbial diversity, which is known to be associated with overall better health.
  • Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas, green and black teas. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and too much caffeine
  • Ensure protein is lean: fish, poultry, eggs and vegetable sources. Limit red and processed meat.
  • Include healthy fats: avocados, nuts, olive oil, a little butter.
  • Choose root vegetables and whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates and grains.
  • For Weight Loss: include exercise, limit portion sizes, don’t eat between meals. Avoid: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol and refined carbohydrates.
  • Include the right supplements: vitamin D, in particular, for most people and probiotics as advised by your Registered Nutritional Therapist
  • Sleep and Exercise are an important aspect in overall Health and Wellbeing and Weight Management.
  • Weight Loss or General Health and Wellbeing: Everyone is unique but whatever your goal similar nutritional principles and health and wellbeing guidelines will apply.

Click here to download the PDF version of this comment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

 Daniel O’Shaughnessy

Communications@bant.org.uk

Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapists. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutritional therapist.

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. It is a progressive approach to health optimisation.  Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised by the Professional Standards Authority to be as competent as other traditional healthcare providers.  It has been recognised that they can make a difference by working together with healthcare providers as part of multidisciplinary teams under NHS commissioning.

ASSISTANT CUSTOMER CARE AND NUTRITIONAL ADVISOR – ANDOVER, HAMPSHIRE

OptiBac Probiotics are looking to recruit an experienced Assistant Customer Care and Nutritional Advisor to offer administrative and technical support as part of their rapidly-expanding consumer services team.

Location: To be based at our head office in Weyhill, near Andover, Hampshire.

Full details accessed at this link – https://www.optibacprobiotics.co.uk/about/careers/assistant-customer-care-nutritional-advisor

To apply

Please send a covering letter with references and CV to Kerry at assistant-customer-care-nutritional-advisor@wrenlabs.com. The ideal candidate will carefully read the job description, and detail in a cover letter the knowledge, skills and experience which make them suitable for the role, along with their availability, notice period and salary expectations.

NB: Applicants who do not include a comprehensive covering letter with their application will not be considered.

For further information about the company, please browse the website, and for enquiries about the role, please contact Kerry on assistant-customer-care-nutritional-advisor@wrenlabs.com.

Deadline for applications – 30/09/17

Applications received after this date may not be considered