Monthly Archives: June 2014

June BANT News Now Live

This month’s BANT News contains details of further discounts and benefits for members, including a free food intolerance test . There are features on working with charities, Nutritional Therapy v WeightWatchers, an update on BANT’s clinical supervision programme and a new regular feature on navigating the world of social media. Access the BANT news here.

BANT Supports Action on Sugar’s Recommendations

BANT today issued its full support for Action on Sugar’s seven-point plan to control sugar in foods and soft drinks in a bid to tackle childhood obesity.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “BANT is fully behind Action on Sugar’s recommendations to cut down the level of sugar in foods. Research shows sugar can be addictive and hugely detrimental to health and that is not limited to obesity.

“Registered Nutritional Therapists are armed with tools to help individuals reduce the amount of sugar they consume and as a result improve their health in both the short and long-term. A carefully implemented sugar tax will almost certainly help to reduce the nation’s sugar intake, which in turn, will ease the huge burden on the healthcare system.”

Action on Sugar is a group of specialists, including doctors, concerned with sugar and its effects on health and wants to introduce measures to cut sugar by 40% in food by 2020.

The group’s seven proposed measures are:

  • Reduce added sugars in food by 40% by 2020
  • Ban all forms of targeted marketing of ultra-processed, unhealthy foods and drinks to children
  • Disassociate physical activity with obesity by banning junk food sports sponsorships
  • Reduce fat by 15% in ultra-processed foods by 2020
  • Limit the availability of ultra-processed foods and sweetened soft drinks as well as reducing portion sizes
  • Introduce a sugar tax to incentivise healthier food

Find your local nutritional therapist who can help you reduce sugar in your diet at

BANT Welcomes New Directors

BANT has this week appointed four new directors and one non-executive director to its Council – Barbara Powell, Graham Botfield, Anne Pemberton, Daniel O’Shaughnessy and Sue McGinty were inducted at BANT Council last week.

Barbara Powell has been appointed as Membership Director, Graham Botfield as Business Development Director, Anne Pemberton as Centre of Excellence Director and Daniel O’Shaughnessy as External Communications Director. Sue McGinty is the non-executive Director of Policy.

BANT also said a fond farewell to Jane Nodder, Deborah Colson and Catharine Trustram Eve at the end of May. Jane has been a director for three and a half years and worked on the Professional Practice Committee for more than five years. Jane was responsible for setting up the Clinical Supervision Programme. Jane will still be part of BANT, but in a different role as Head of Clinical Governance. Deborah and Catharine have been directors for two years and led the Communications team. They both contributed to the development of BANT’s five year strategic plan. Catharine was also responsible for delivering the successful GP Engagement Project.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “There is so much going on within BANT that it was crucial to get more directors involved, particularly those who have specific skills to address growing areas of work within the organisation.

“I want to thank Jane, Deborah and Catharine for all their hard work over the last few years. Our new directors bring a wide range of experience, knowledge and their own areas of expertise to Council and we are very much looking forward to working with them in the coming months,” he added.

Read more about our new directors here.

BANT still has one vacancy – Director of Communications, as well as many volunteering opportunities and is looking for candidates who have the skills to help deliver a challenging communications programme. For further information please contact Melanie de Grooth – [email protected].

Read more about our new directors here.

Exclusive Deal with York Test for BANT Registered Nutritional Therapists

BANT is delighted to announce that it has partnered with YorkTest, the leading provider of food intolerance testing in Europe, to provide special deals exclusively for members.

The company has also committed to only offering consultations from BANT Registered Nutritional Therapists for its clients.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “We are very excited about this new partnership with YorkTest. It will offer huge benefits to our members and will really set them aside from other nutrition practitioners.”

Dr Gill Hart, Scientific Director at York Test, said: “BANT Registered Nutritional Therapists are recognised as the Gold Standard of Nutritional Therapy. We consider our testing facilities to be the best on the market, so it made perfect sense for us to partner with the best in Nutritional Therapy. We are looking forward to working with BANT members to ensure they have access to the finest testing programmes and support available for them and their clients.”

Find out more about this offer at this link –