Finding evidence based advice on nutrition, diets and food safety

With the increasing media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in confusion around immunity, vitamin D, healthy diets and food safety, the Society and its partners have collated evidenced based advice and guidance to help navigate this time with minimal confusion and address some of the common misconceptions.

One of the Society’s central aims is to advance nutritional science through disseminating evidence-based information. Therefore, the Nutrition Society Training Academy (NSTA) has added addiitonal dates to pre-recorded webinars to support members with CPD during current circumstances. In addition, the NSTA has two webinars on COVID-19, focussing on immunity with Professor Philip Calder and Vitamin D with Professor Susan Lanham-New

View the full live and pre-record programme here.

British Nutrition Foundation 

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) have put together several articles including immune health, healthy meals during lockdown and vitamin D supplements following the re-issue of PHE advice around vitamin D requirements. Along with their e-Learning hub, BNF offer ongoing social media support and have launched a new food-focussed remote learning activities, available here.

Institute of Food Science and Technology

Ensuring the safety of food through the very complex food supply chains is a primary concern of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), who have created a range of guidance documents for individuals, and food operations in a COVID-19 knowledge hub with practical advice and links to other trusted resources to help you understand and manage the situation. The COVID hub is free to access and has been divided into large manufacturers, SMEs and consumer advice.

British Dietetic Association 

As experts in human nutrition, dieticians have been asked many questions about nutrition and dietary issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The British Dietetic Association (BDA) have created a Frequently Asked Questions page which is being continuously updated, along with clinical guidance more specific advice for Clinical PracticeDietitians and the general public.   


As recent weeks have shown, the situation is ever-changing, and the sources cited throughout this page may be updated to reflect the latest information. If you are looking for specific advice, the Society encourages you to keep up to date with the latest information from the NHSGovernment and Public Health England.

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