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Information For Teachers/Education Professionals

Not even doctors are routinely taught about nutrition. So what chance does the average person have of understanding what all those lists of vitamins, calories and numbers mean? And how are people supposed to navigate the seemingly conflicting debates about fat/low fat, sugar, cholesterol and the pros and cons of various diets?

One of the chief aims of our website is to plug the gap in publically available knowledge on the subject of nutrition and mental health. We feature news stories and research that you are unlikely to stumble upon beyond the specialist press.

Our site also includes a wealth of literature and resource links, while Associate Members are able to access exclusive video presentations from some of the leading researchers in the field.

The School Food Plan

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An agreed plan that has the support of the Secretary of State for Education and of the diverse organisations who are going to support head teachers to improve food in their schools.

Find out more and download your copy here.

Milking a profit

A recent article, How we fell out of love with milk, illustrates a worrying trend. It shows how modern advertising and marketing (particularly the kind that treats grown adults like infants) can make enough people believe things that are not supported by any evidence at all.

We are being sold the idea that white liquids derived from nuts, grains or legumes are 'superior' to milk derived from animals. However, the fact that many people are allergic to the most readily available cow's milk, and the fact that well-meaning but often ill-informed veganism is on the rise, does not mean that ‘alt-milks’ are good substitutes. Dairy-free diets can lead to iodine deficiency, and that’s just for starters.

But when it comes to truly toxic milk products, certain milk shakes win the dubious prize. Some of the brands on sale in food outlets have been found to contain more than 35 spoonfuls of sugar per serving.

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