Following the sustained pressure from the scientific community, including BANT’s call for extraordinary supplementation of Vitamins C & D as a preventative measure for COVID-19 (https://bant.org.uk/2020/10/20/bant-recommends-extraordinary-measure-of-vitamin-c-and-vitamin-d-supplementation/) the government has finally acted on Vitamin D. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has decided to “act fast”, albeit well into this second national lockdown, and offer a four-month supply of Vitamin D supplements to millions of vulnerable people shielding at home and in care homes. This will include organ-transplant recipients, chemotherapy patients and those with severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma,......

BANT recommends ‘extraordinary measure’ of Vitamin C and Vitamin D supplementation for all adults as part of a wider prevention strategy for COVID-19. With the apparent second wave of COVID-19 worsening, BANT recommends all adults supplement 1000mg of Vitamin C and a minimum of 600-800 IU/d vitamin D3 daily, increasing to a higher therapeutic dose of 5000 IU/d should symptoms develop (1). An adequate intake of Vitamins C and D is vital for immune resilience. Food sources of both are imperative for maintenance but unlikely to provide adequate quantities in......

For too long nutrition has been dismissed by mainstream healthcare, despite clear evidence that diet and lifestyle choices either contribute to health or increased risk factors for chronic disease. The rising obesity epidemic is proof alone that a more decisive tactic is needed to combat the discord between public health and personalised lifestyle medicine, of which nutrition plays an integral part. As we enter the next wave of COVID-19 restrictions, is it now the time to consider the role nutrition can play in preventative healthcare? “Long-term failure to provide adequate......

Compelling Evidence on Vitamin D status and severity of COVID-19 symptoms prompt MP David Davis to speak out “A cheap way of tackling COVID-19 is being ignored” warns British MP and former cabinet minister David Davis in the face of mounting evidence that Vitamin D status reduces COVID-19 severity. BANT agrees that in the absence of an effective anti-viral therapy for COVID-19, a Vitamin D supplement regime should be extended to the general population, as a preventive measure to help mitigate the grave public health risks associated with COVID-19 infection.......

“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......

BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) was pleased to announce its support for the recently announced Governmental obesity campaign, ‘Better Health’. The launch of the Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ with inclusion of ultra-processed food and drink offerings such as McDonald’s is, however, completely baffling and goes against any progress towards the Government’s aim to ease the burden on our over-stretched NHS. BANT absolutely supports initiatives that boost the economy and thus protect employment, however, including restaurants that serve ultra-processed food and drinks which are at the......

BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) whole-heartedly supports any Governmental focus on improving the health of the British nation, a goal that BANT has, itself, been campaigning for over the past 20 years. The ‘Better Health’ campaign with its U-turn on policy relating to junk food advertising and its goals to restrict BOGOF (Buy One, Get One Free) deals relating to foods that are ultra-processed, high in salt, fat and sugar and their availability at check-outs, is the first step in the right direction. It will set the......

BANT has campaigned long and hard for the Government and policy makers to put improving the nation’s health at the centre of their health manifesto and welcomes the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement that his own recent health crisis has made him aware that a libertarian approach to the epidemic that is both obesity and  metabolic conditions, is not only risking the lives of many of the most at risk communities, but adding to the burden placed on our precious NHS. BANT, since its foundation in 1997, has continuously called out for......

  BANT has continuously called out for a different approach to the UK’s health with a focus on how diet and lifestyle can influence health and promotion by Government Agencies of the consumption of healthy ingredients and foods that are not ultra-processed. Lowering British food standards goes against everything BANT stands for and we urge all our followers to sign the NFU petition now to protect our food standards and our health. Sign here...

The British Government has started to relax the COVID-19 confinement rules and this means that face-to-face consultations can now take place once more with right protective measures in place. BANT is aware that slightly different guidance is being issued in different countries, including Scotland, Wales, and Guernsey, and strongly urges both, members of the public and Registered Nutritional Therapists, to follow their local Government guidance. Please note that the Government continues to recommend working remotely from home where possible and therefore Registered Nutritional Therapists will continue to provide online consultations......

Multiple articles from a myriad of sources are being published almost hourly on how to protect your health from the COVID-19 pandemic. BANT would like to take this opportunity to remind people that there is no scientific evidence currently regarding dietary or supplement recommendations that would prevent a person from catching COVID-19. BANT is aware that some clinical trials, including intravenous vitamin C for treatment of severe COVID-19 respiratory symptoms, are being undertaken globally but reiterates that not only are these trials incomplete but they are not in any way......

The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) supports the call  by Southampton University, Exeter University and Southampton Hospital (published in the BMJ https://www.bmj.com/content/367/bmj.l5688) for individuals choosing to undertake genetic testing to be accompanied by trained health professionals. Personalised healthcare is at the beginning of a genetic revolution with the decoding of the wealth of information that lives within us. Nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and epigenetics are emerging sciences that are already having an enormous impact on all our lives and have a fundamental effect on the way BANT Registered Nutrition......

Ultra-processed foods and drinks (UPFD) are constantly in the media nowadays. A series of recent scientific studies have highlighted how bad they are for human health and we at BANT repeatedly recommend that this category of foods and drinks is avoided as much as possible.  In a world where the scientific community and the media, contradicts itself from one day to the next, what is the truth about UPFDs? What are they? Are they really that bad for your health? BANT explains:  Ultra-Processed Foods and Drinks – the Official Definition In......

BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) is shocked but unsurprised that Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Commercial Infant and Baby Food and Drink: Evidence Review’found that food manufacturers of ultra-processed foods and drinks (UPFDs) are aggressively targeting the infant and baby food and drink market.  A recent article, published by BANT, quoted studies that showed that the greatest growth in UPFD consumption can be seen in the early-year age-groups. A study investigating early year consumption of UPFDs found that 40.3% of total energy intake of Brazilian 6-year old’s was......

BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) welcomes the initial findings from the Predict 1 Study that individualised nutrition and lifestyle recommendations are key to human health. BANT members have been working with their clients offering personalised recommendations for the past 22 years, since BANT’s foundation in 1997, and were proud to have been selected to work with Professor Spector, the lead researcher on this study, on the precursor project to this study, ‘Map My Gut’. The Predict 1 study confirms the nutrition ethos that BANT has been practising......

A study published on 15thMarch showed associations of dietary cholesterol or egg consumption with higher incidences of mortality and cardiovascular disease. BANT would like to take the opportunity to comment on the research since the consumption of eggs and links to heart disease have been controversial for decades. BANT would like to advise the public that the study in question only shows an association, rather than a cause and effect and therefore cannot conclude links between eggs, cholesterol and mortality. Furthermore, it should be pointed out that: There are other......

Dr Deanna Minich previews the 2-part talk she will be giving at the BANT Conference “Kindergarten to Healthy Adulthood – Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine Across Lifespan” – London 23/03/19 – Open to ALL Healthcare Professionals. Last few tickets remaining. Book here: https://tinyurl.com/ycax4dqq...

Today in Parliament, the possibility of free school meals is going back on the Parliamentary agenda thanks to Lord Bassam. Whilst the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) supports the idea that children who live in poverty should be helped and nourished, the organisation notes a sound of warning that the infiltration of ultra-processed, industrial foods into school canteens, is actively harming the health of the next generation and costing the British economy billions.  Complaints about school food have always existed and the memory of paper-thin slices of......