Food as Medicine: How Food and Diet Impact the Treatment of Disease and Disease Management (2022 Mar)

The Center for Food as Medicine and Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center aim to bridge the gap between traditional medicine and the use of food as medicine in the prevention and treatment of disease. This comprehensive narrative review and report is divided into five parts, including: 1) background information on the history of using food to treat disease, 2) modern challenges to widespread use and acceptance of food as medicine practices, 3) current evidence about contemporary food as medicine practices (such as medically tailored meals, produce prescriptions, and functional foods), 4) literature review of food as treatment for specific disease states, and 5) recommendations to stakeholders (including policymakers, health care professionals, and academics) to contribute to a healthier, more equitable health care system.


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