Monthly Archives: September 2020

Nutrition Evidence Alert – September 2020

As the mornings get cooler and the news is full of predictions of a second wave of Coronavirus, many Nutrition Practitioners are wondering what role the nutrition profession will play in supporting recovery from this health crisis. Nutrition Evidence is here to bring you the latest science available to inform your clinical decisions in this area, so you can feel confident in your practice.

It is now clear that those with certain co-morbidities are more susceptible to serious complications from infection with Covid-19.  Many of the conditions identified fall under the umbrella of Metabolic Syndrome.

This month, we begin a series of alerts focusing on Metabolic Syndrome.  Over the next few months, we will be bringing the latest scientific research to your inbox on the different biochemical processes that have gone wrong and lead to metabolic disorder. To begin your dive into this vast subject, check out this short list of recent systematic reviews, before diving through the 26 randomised controlled trials released within the last 10 years.

Happy exploring.


Newly Indexed Articles for September 2020

The following articles are featured as “recommended reading” this month:

New Insights about How to Make an Intervention in Children and Adolescents with Metabolic Syndrome: Diet, Exercise vs. Changes in Body Composition. A Systematic Review of RCT. in Nutrients, 2018

Paleolithic nutrition for metabolic syndrome: systematic review and meta-analysis. in The American journal of clinical nutrition, 2015

The Effect of a Multidisciplinary Lifestyle Intervention on Obesity Status, Body Composition, Physical Fitness, and Cardiometabolic Risk Markers in Children and Adolescents with Obesity. in Nutrients, 2019

Effect of a Nutritional and Behavioral Intervention on Energy-Reduced Mediterranean Diet Adherence Among Patients With Metabolic Syndrome: Interim Analysis of the PREDIMED-Plus Randomized Clinical Trial. in JAMA, 2019

Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Obesity-Induced Insulin Resistance: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. in Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 2018

Comparison of low calorie high protein and low calorie standard protein diet on waist circumference of adults with visceral obesity and weight cycling. in BMC research notes, 2018

Non-Nutritive Sweeteners and Their Implications on the Development of Metabolic Syndrome. in Nutrients, 2019

The Fluid Aspect of the Mediterranean Diet in the Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: The Role of Polyphenol Content in Moderate Consumption of Wine and Olive Oil. in Nutrients, 2019



Exciting role on offer!!

Swandoola is a UK based end to end software solution created by UK practitioners for UK practitioners.

Swandoola supports practitioners in three ways:

  • Education – In house business accelerator programmes designed to support and grow practitioners’ clinics and profitability. Functional Medicine webinars run by industry leaders counting towards
  • Clinical – A complete solution for practice management from enquiry through to consultation, health forms, billing and accounts, all in one
  • Community – Our suite of Swandoola community features help practitioners stay and feel connected. We also run unique student programmes to support practitioners just starting

The role will ideally suit somebody who is a confident communicator, is flexible and is able to work remotely, a self-starter with initiative and a positive mindset.

The candidate will need to be a qualified practitioner and have a clear communication style, feel comfortable in delivering presentations and is confident in using & learning new task management software.

This role will suit somebody dynamic with initiative who will enjoy supporting practitioners and has a passion for this industry. In the first instance please apply   to [email protected] with your CV and we will be in contact with you.

Hours to be discussed upon application. In best health,

Swandoola Team


Autumn is around the corner, and BANT is gearing up for one of the most exciting few months ahead of us. Satu Jackson, our CEO, covers for Miguel this month and hints at the things to come.

This issue of BANT eNews introduces our new Communications Manager, Claire, and provides insight into how an Ayurvedic antidepressant, Saffron, could be used in clinical practice to manage Major Depressive Disorder.

Lara, our Volunteer Manager, is looking for passionate volunteers to complement our teams in a role of a Diversity Project Support and BANT Network Co-ordinators, and our vigilant Professional Governance team is providing practical information about recording consultations and some resources for new graduates to set up their business.

Science and Education resources are collated to an easy to use summary below to help you find clinically relevant information to support your client, while providing valuable CPD opportunities for your career progression.

Don’t miss the discount to attend the rescheduled European Congress of Integrative Medicine (ECIM) on 26-28 February in London, details of which are in CNHC news link.

Have a cuppa and read on.

Click here to access the full eblast.

“We ignore obesity at our peril” tough words from the president of the EU Association for the Study of Obesity

“We ignore obesity at our peril” was the comment made by Professor Jason Halford (1) on publication of a British study using data from 550,000 British patients. BANT wholeheartedly agrees with his comments and has continuously campaigned on this issue throughout the years. Professor Halford’s statement comes in response to new research, conducted by Novo Nordisk (2), which was shared at the European and International Congress on Obesity last week (3). Their findings highlight the significant health benefits of losing weight and reducing risk factors for developing chronic health conditions such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnoea. With an average loss of 13% body weight the researchers found a 42% reduction in developing type II diabetes which is one of many important findings released from the study. With one of the highest obesity rates in Western Europe, with two in three adults overweight or obese, Britain is leading the charge for weight-related chronic illnesses. The NHS is overwhelmed and taking the financial brunt for the nation’s poor diet and lifestyle choices with diabetes alone costing £10 billion a year.

BANT agrees with experts calling this a “wake-up call” and calls on the government and NHS to take greater measures to invest in preventative therapies and education, including Nutritional Therapy, as part of its wider obesity strategy. The recently launched Better Health Campaign and NHS announcement to provide 800-calorie soup and shake diets for diabetics are band-aid tactics treating the effects of overweight and obesity rather than targeting the complex multifactorial causes. BANT continuously cautions on adopting a one-size-fits-all approach to tackling obesity given the complexities involved. Instead, BANT advocates for personalised dietary and lifestyle changes, that can be sustained long-term, in place of short-term calorie-focused fixes. The Novo Nordisk study highlights more than ever the need to invest in prevention to help people maintain a healthy body weight, rather than waiting for them to present with chronic illness further down the line. Professor Nick Finer, leading the research, said that “Health Policy is much happier to treat diabetes when it develops rather than the obesity which causes it to develop”. This highlights the short-term thinking that will only cost the NHS more rather than improve longer term health outcomes for overweight and obese people.

BANT and BANT Nutrition Practitioners continue to promote its Wellbeing Guidelines to encourage the British people to eat more individual ingredients and unprocessed food. Going back to some old-fashioned values, such a family meal times, and improving the nations cooking skills to use fresh ingredients, will go a long way to help the obesity targets and health of the individuals.


Latest Update on COVID-19 Measures for Face-to-Face Consultations

The guidelines cover face-to-face practice in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; however, there may be exemptions and some differences in practice in different countries and areas if localised measures are in place. For example, in Scotland you cannot see clients in their own homes, only in your own premises. You can find more information on local restrictions here.

With many of us preparing to return to work after the summer holidays, please take a moment to refresh yourself with the latest CNHC guidelines for Nutritional Therapy and face-to-face consultations. Please remember that the Government and CNHC guidelines still need to be adhered to and can be found in full here.

Click here to access the full eblast.


Applications are invited for the following roles, working from home, but required to attend occasional online meetings or at the Stroud office of Crossfields Institute and with the ability to visit Crossfields Institute approved centres within the UK.

External Quality Assurers (EQAs): we are seeking experienced subject specialists with a good understanding of awarding organisation quality assurance processes in the subject area of Health and Social Care. In particular we are looking for EQAs with knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • nutrition and wellness
  • therapeutic approaches to trauma
  • functional medicine
  • coaching and mentoring

Further information about our qualifications can be seen at Potential EQAs should be able to demonstrate considerable experience in assessing and internal quality assurance (IQA. We are especially seeking EQAs who have the level of subject expertise to assess higher level qualification (Levels 5-7).

Third Party contract, fixed package of work

Fee: variable, depending on scope of work

Based at own home

Crossfields Institute has a progressive and innovative approach to education and training, working with a number of diverse centres to develop and administer integrative qualifications in a range of sectors.

Interview date: by arrangement

Application by CV and covering letter or email should be returned to Debbie Horseman [email protected]. For further information please contact Debbie Horseman on the above email or by calling 01453 808118

EQA Role Description

Responsible to: Quality Coordinator

The post holder is expected to monitor allocated Crossfields Institute approved centres. They will sample assessment and internal quality assurance decisions for qualifications within their own subject specialism in order to confirm that standards have been achieved and upheld. They will offer guidance and support to centres as part of the EQA process, which may be both remotely (phone and email support and remote sampling) and through visits to Centres.

This is a key role in the quality assurance system and the key purpose is to ensure that approved centres’ quality assurance systems are being implemented effectively.

Main duties include: 

  1. Planning and carrying out quality monitoring visits to designated centres and producing reports in an agreed format on these in a timely manner
  2. Authorising claims for certification
  3. Sampling learner work, assessment decisions and IQA reports and giving feedback
  4. Ensuring tutors/assessors and IQAs understand what the relevant standards (NOS) are and how they can be met
  5. Applying appropriate sanctions where it is deemed that flawed assessment or internal quality assurance decisions or processes mean that standards are not met
  6. Producing targeted actions for centres to assist with remedial action where standards are not being upheld
  7. Advising and supporting IQAs and other staff at the centres in carrying out their role effectively
  8. Giving feedback to Crossfields Institute Quality Coordinator and agreeing actions with a centre to develop their QA systems
  9. Keeping up to date with relevant regulatory criteria
  10. Keeping up to date with Crossfields Institute processes and procedures
  11. Attending EQA meetings, standardisation and training events

Any consultant undertaking this role must:

  • Have personal IT equipment capable of running Crossfields Institute required software
  • Have a suitable internet connection
  • Have a personal and secure email account
  • Declare any conflicts of interest that could impact on the role
  • Have availability of 5 to 30 days, dependent upon the requirements and workload for the sector, in any given year
  • Abide by the terms and conditions as stated in the contract for work