What we put on our plates and how we use our bodies are the most powerful tools we have for maintaining good health. However, with a minefield of supposedly authoritative resources each providing their own take on a nutritional education, there is little wonder increasing numbers are seeking private nutritional advice, but who can you really trust?
Despite food playing a key role in our overall health, it’s still not something your General Practitioner (GP) will typically discuss. BBC’s Doctor in the House GP Dr Rangan Chatterjee suggests one of the issues is that in medical school prospective doctors are mostly taught a model of care suitable for severe problems that is primarily pharmaceutical based. Meanwhile, the vast majority of chronic problems that GPs treat today include type 2 diabetes, obesity, gut problems, insomnia and headaches, all of which are largely driven by poor lifestyle choices. For many GPs, a frustration with the existing medical education encourages them to seek out individual study in nutrition.