A week ago I took a very broad side swipe at nutritionalism; the reductionist approach to food whereby its affects on our bodies and minds is judged to be no more than the sum of the known effects of the known nutrients. I made the mistake of equating this approach to the recommendations of nutritionists in general and have been rightfully chastised by those who have devoted a lifetime to promoting home cooking of real food, predominantly from seasonal fruit and vegetables. Contrary to my cheap and broad swipe these nutritionists should be listened to. I remain sceptical of silver bullet solutions, wonder-foods, supplements and manufactured functional foods claiming health benefits but it seems that this is a view shared by many nutritionists. I hope I have learnt my lesson and will be more specific and/or qualified in the future.

Guy Watson