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THE HEALTH DEBRIEF

& FAD-FREE insight & DEBUNKED food & health news & HEALTHFUL ways to eat better & COMPILED BY SUE QUINN

THE MEDIC’S VIEW

BY DR TIM SPECTOR

Why doctors need better training about nutrition

The latest scientific research into the human microbiome (the collection of microorganisms inside our bodies) has taught us that what and how we eat is crucial for our health. But are frontline doctors ready to adopt a more nutritioncentred approach? The answer, sadly, may be no. Most medical schools in the UK still relegate the topic of nutrition to a few hours of teaching within the curriculum – certainly not enough to ensure that future medics can advise future patients on better nutritional choices. Many in the profession consider nutrition advice the exclusive role of dieticians. The consequences are far-reaching, including a culture of overmedicalisation of patients – by which I mean treating the symptoms with drugs, rather than working on prevention and trying to improve a patient’s lifestyle.

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This month the July issue of delicious. is dedicated to making you a better cook . From getting crackling crispy on pork belly to mixing a barbecue-boosting marinade and making an unbeatable version of baked Alaska, we have the know-how. There are savoury tarts with three types of pastry, Jeremy Pang gives the low-down on duck spring rolls, Rachel Ama shares soul-soothing vegan recipes and Georgina Hayden shows how to make food look as good as it tastes. Plus, chefs reveal their top techniques and we find out what makes a recipe go viral.