Welcome to the Nourishment Network, a group of academics and food professionals dedicated to providing accurate information about food and health, without making judgements about people’s choices.
Established in 2017 by Judy Anne Swift (Associate Professor of Behavioural Nutrition) and Anthony Warner (Development Chef and Science Writer)
What does the Nourishment Network believe?
- Health is only one aspect of food, and healthy choices should not be to the detriment of our eating pleasure.
- All foods have a place and nobody should be made to feel guilty about their food choices.
- For many people, pleasure has been lost as a key value of eating and it needs to be rediscovered.
The Nourishment Network is the place for balanced, informed, non-judgemental information about food and health. In our blog, we will provide comment and insight into major food and health stories in the media. We will also run a number of articles and features on specific monthly themes. Follow this link for more information on themes and links to content, or see here for our blog covering the latest stories in the media.
The Nourishment Network is a group of academics and food professionals looking to change the discourse on food and health. We believe that food is one of life’s great pleasures and a healthy diet should not be at the exclusion of enjoyment. We are dedicated to providing accurate information about food and health, without making judgements about people’s choices. All food has its place and all food choices are sensible for the people making them. Guilt and shame have no place when it comes to influencing people’s dietary decisions.
Our aim is to provide useful, realistic information to help inform food choices. We want to provide a voice that will help people develop a sensible, balanced relationship with what they eat, and allow them to make decisions that make sense in the context of their lives.
A ‘good diet’ means much more than one that is optimised nutritionally. It means a healthy, loving relationship with food. It means acceptance that physical health is not the driver of every food choice. It means embracing the rich variety and huge pleasure that the world of food has to offer.
What does Nourishment Network want to achieve?
- To reframe the discourse around food and health.
- To communicate and comment upon aspects of nutrition science in a new and different way.
- To provide a counterpoint to reductionist, risk management narratives in any debate about dietary choices.
- To reaffirm the importance of enjoyment when it comes to food.
Our blog provides regular information and insight into major food and health stories in the media. We will also run articles and features on a number of specific monthly themes. Follow this link for details of themes and links to content.
To get in touch with the Nourishment Network, please use the form below, making sure you enter your contact details. We welcome ideas for posts and submissions, especially for our monthly topics, and are always happy to post links to interesting, relevant content.