At the 2016 Penn Relays in Philadelphia, 100-year-old Ida Keeling ran the 100-meter dash in 1 minute and 17.33 seconds to set the world record for women age 100 to 104—then dropped to the track to do pushups as the crowd roared. Ida says one of her keys to longevity is she eats for nutrition, not for taste! Well, we have all been witness to the famous request “This tastes like crap, here taste it”! To be successful, today’s restaurant menus subscribe to the nutrition notion but will not survive without the yummy factor.

So how do we strike a balance? I predict the next trend in “healthy/tasty” marketing will tout much more direct association with Doctors! While many doctors are trained to use a scalpel, far fewer are professionally proficient with a chef’s knife. Some aren’t even comfortable discussing how diet and nutrition can help their patients. But that’s changing as more physicians, medical residents, nurses and other healthcare professionals are learning culinary medicine, which combines evidence-based nutrition science and hands-on cooking classes, giving them the knowledge to help people transform their health through their diets.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” said Hippocrates, the Greek physician known as the “father of medicine.” But it took until the 21st century for his philosophy to germinate. Look for more to come!

All the best until then,
Elmer