ale Pinnock is passionate about nutritional
science and ensuring we understand what
to eat for our health based on facts not fads.
Here, he gives us insight into what we should and
shouldn't believe about food and nutrition and how
you can learn the health benefits of food and become
a Nutrition Coach by studying online for the Sano
Diploma in Culinary Medicine.
You are known as `The Medicinal Chef'. Tell us about
yourself and why you are known by that title
It is a deliberately provocative name, but I stand by it
as I want people to view food as more than just fuel.
Food has the capacity to influence our health in both
a positive and negative way. The food we eat, and the
nutrients therein, can literally alter the biochemical
terrain of the body, for better or for worse. If we have
greater understanding of this we can begin to tailor
our diets to our own health needs. The food that we
eat can become part of our treatment plan. This isn't
about any weird whacky alternatives, it really just
represents the one aspect of health care and self care
that we can actively engage in.
Is there a perfect diet? What do you eat?
If only! That would make life so much easier. There are
always exceptions and contradictions. Personally, I eat
a mostly plant based pescatarian diet. Like a part-time
vegan really, with a healthy dose of sushi thrown in.
There is so much conflicting information about
food and nutrition. How do people know what is
right? Who should we believe?
Ha....welcome to the world of nutritional science
a weird and lurid landscape of contradiction
and dichotomy. That's the nature of the beast to
some degree. I think that part of the problem of
misinformation comes from who is being used as
a resource for the information. It is an inescapable
reality that food, healthy eating and fashion/lifestyle
have become weirdly entangled. This has brought
with it armies of well-meaning, enthusiastic followers,
who frequently document their endeavours across
the Internet. So far, so good I support this.
The problem is that some of these enthusiasts
gain immense popularity online and are suddenly
thrust into the limelight as figureheads and
spokespeople of the healthy eating world. In 99%
of cases, they have no formal education in this very
complex science from which to base any kind of
advice. While a big proportion of the media relies
upon such facile led content, the end consumer is
never going to get a clear picture of what they should
or shouldn't do, or gain any improved understanding
of healthier eating. It's important to ensure that every
piece of nutritional advice you choose to follow or
share is grounded in fact from trustworthy sources
this is why I co-founded Sano School of Culinary
The Health Benefits of Food &
how to become a Nutrition Coach