In response to the BMJ article ‘Vitamin D intoxication and severe hypercalcaemia complicating nutritional supplements misuse’ BANT would like to draw attention to the inconsistencies in the purported title of the practitioner cited in the case report; referred to as a ‘private nutritionist’ by the author, changed to ‘nutritional therapist’ in the published BMJ press release (1), leading subsequent media reports to also use ‘nutritional therapist’. The distinction between the two is critical to the reputation of Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, versus the ambiguous title ‘private nutritionist’. Only Registered Nutritional......

This non-strategy falls way short of delivering against health targets BANT is dismayed to see the dilution of the National Food Strategy (NFS) recommendations to such an extent that ‘health’ is no longer discernible amongst the strategic objectives. BANT submitted several key technical points to DEFRA regarding the recommendations to ‘Escape the Junk Food cycle’ as well as on social prescribing, and the blatant under-utilisation of existing practitioners who are well-placed to assist primary care providers in the field of nutrition and lifestyle. These considerations appear to have been side-stepped......

Setting the standard of excellence in science-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine The 14th of March 2022 marks a landmark anniversary for BANT as it celebrates 25 years as the leading professional organisation for practitioners of nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Founded in 1997 with a handful of members and the ambition to shape the future of personalised nutrition one person at a time. Fast-forward 25 years and BANT membership has swelled to over 3,300 members, composed of , composed of CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and BANT Registered Nutritionists®. The profession......

Should we or should we not supplement hard training athletes with antioxidants, and in what form? Ian Craig, Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Founder of the Centre for Integrative Sports Nutrition, explores the evidence on dietary and supplementary antioxidants. The sales value of over-the-counter vitamins and minerals in Great Britain was over 431.5 million British pounds in 2019, an increase of 2.2% on the previous year (statistica.com). One key market for these dietary supplements is in athletes. Dietary supplements are widely used in the field of sports nutrition to support......

Let’s look at food waste differently, and eat our way to a healthy and sustainable future! 2021 was a year for bold statements when it came to climate change, food sustainability and global health targets. Interwoven amongst the many targets to address these issues is the often-overlooked issue of food waste. In the light of the COP26 agreement to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the publication of the UK’s National Food Strategy (1) it is clear that climate change is at the forefront of policymakers’ minds. However,......

In July 2021 the publication of the UK’s National Food Strategy-The Plan shone the light once again on the ongoing costs of poor diets, defined as those high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) and the impact on population health and the NHS. One of the recommendations within the plan is the introduction of a sugar and salt reformulation tax prompting BANT to look at the current evidence once again on sugars and non-nutritive sweeteners. Excess dietary sugars have been associated with the development and sustained incidence of Metabolic Syndrome......

BANT UK Local Networks BANT Networks operate across the UK and internationally to support relationships within the Nutritional Therapy Community. Network meetings are an opportunity to network and learn new information on specific health or business-related topics from expert speakers. To join your Local Network click on the Local Network Coordinators page and simply contact a Network Coordinator near you. A warm welcome to our new volunteer: Louise Golding – Local Network Co-ordinator (Cambridgeshire) Why are you volunteering with BANT? I wanted to join my local BANT networking group so I could network with......

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If your CPD log needs some attention to achieve your 30 hours, now is the time to do it. CPD is a calm, reflective thought process and is there to benefit you and your practice. You won’t get the most out of it by rushing under the pressure of a looming membership renewals deadline. We have recently updated our CPD guidance focusing on frequently asked questions from our members. This gives plenty of information – planning your learning, what counts as CPD, the importance of reflection, as well as a......

Who would have ever thought the words ‘happy’ and ‘menopause’ could go together? What was once considered a taboo subject has now ‘happily’ become a mainstream discussion for women, men, and indeed employers, the world over. Celebrated author and Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Jackie Lynch, has an impressive list of female health and menopause credentials to her name with 3 leading titles: ‘The Right Bite’, ‘Va Va Voom – The 10 Day Energy Diet’ and her latest release ‘The Happy Menopause’, as well as her hugely popular podcast of the......

With the so-called curse of “Long-COVID” estimated to affect a third of people post-infection, the legacy of this virus is set to disrupt populations for years to come. It is still unclear as to why some people experience the virus more, or less, severely, and why prolonged symptoms linger in some but not in others. Inevitably there are still more questions than answers as the studies play catch-up with the reality of people living their lives blighted by persistent symptoms. Dubbed as ‘long-haulers’ these people are now seeking therapeutic strategies......

Addressing the rise in non-communicable disease, lifestyle choices and health inequalities The shift in prevalence from acute to chronic diseases is creating an unsustainable burden on healthcare systems. (1) Such diseases tend to be of longer duration, and there is a growing recognition that many of today’s chronic or non-communicable diseases are the result of complex and lifelong interactions between diet, environment, lifestyle, and genes.  The majority are therefore, at least in part lifestyle-driven, and may be preventable or reduced through changes in modifiable risk factors. (2) Personalised Nutrition and......

BANT critically questions the strategy and merit of investing £100 million into the new NHS digital weight management program, launched 1st July 2021. This launch is the latest in a stream of government-led initiatives targeting obesity, following close on the heels of 2020’s Better Health campaign. Figures show that a staggering 63% of the British population is now classified as overweight or obese (1). Yet, as The Sunday Times journalist Isobel Thompson so eloquently put it in her recent feature article ‘Britain’s obesity crisis: how did we get so big’......

Nutrition and hydration are the pillars of a healthy diet and along with other lifestyle factors are at the centre of personalised nutrition and lifestyle medicine. The BANT Food for your Health campaign has a range of free resources available online to help you consider healthy switches to improve your diet to help you count nutrients & colours, not calories and to sip your way to better health and wellbeing. Hop over to our website for many more materials and to listen in to our BANT Registered Nutritionist podcast series......

BANT welcomes the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) May 4th article on lifestyle medicine (1) and is encouraged by the acknowledgement of well-informed drivers validating this movement. “There are numerous drivers for lifestyle medicine. Our analysis does not aim to argue against the importance of these drivers as many of them are well informed”. Since its foundation in 1997, BANT, as a professional association, has been at the forefront of nutritional therapy (NT) and personalised nutrition in support of its nearly 3,500 members. This individualised approach to health and......

The time has come to recognise the folly of counting calories in favour of recognising the importance of food quality and nutrient diversity says BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) in their new Food for your Health Campaign, launched 22nd February 2021. For too long, public health initiatives tackling obesity and chronic disease have focused on counting calories and the energetic values of foods. This misguidedly leads people to assess only one aspect of their food choices, whilst doing little to educate on the importance of fibre and......

Figures show that a staggering 63% of the British population is now classified as overweight or obese (1). And being overweight is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you scratch below the surface the number of related metabolic health conditions grows exponentially with 2 million adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (2), 6 out of 10 adults living with high cholesterol (3) and 1 in 4 adults with high blood pressure (4). This adds up to a nation with increasingly poor health and at greater risk of......