Should Your Doctor Have to Take a Culinary Nutrition Course?

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When was the last time one of your doctors counseled you on nutrition before breaking out the prescription pad? If you’ve never had that happen, you’re not alone; most medical programs don’t require nutrition training for their students.

A few doctors are aiming to change that.

These doctors are introducing culinary nutrition classes as part of their medical degrees. The programs include not only nutrition information, but hands-on culinary instruction.

The University of Chicago has introduced a four-week pilot program that gives students practical experience in making dishes that they can recommend to their patients. Studies have shown that this kind of instruction makes doctors more likely to pass on that information to their patients.