Food As Medicine: It’s Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

by David Gorn

Dr. Daniel Nadeau gives Allison Scott tips on getting kids to eat healthy at Ralph’s Supermarket in Huntington Beach, Calif. (Photo: David Gorn/NPR)

‘Food-as-medicine’ has been around for decades, but it’s making inroads as physicians and medical institutions make food a formal part of treatment, rather than relying solely on medications. By prescribing nutritional changes or launching programs such as “Shop with Your Doc,” they’re trying to prevent, limit or even reverse disease by changing what patients eat.