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Future doctors and nurses learning to treat patients with food

Allie Shah, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Health & Fitness

His team chose to make Bibimbap, a Korean dish that looks like a rice bowl with kimchi (containing fermented vegetables), carrots, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, hot sauce and a fried egg on top. For a side dish, they prepared a salad with Greek yogurt dressing.

Wang, who is studying counseling psychology, said he hoped the yogurt and kimchi would help his team's patient, "Julia," a 37-year-old woman with anxiety and depression who also wants to lose weight. The case study also noted that she loves to eat at Chipotle.

He and his teammates chose their recipe because they learned that fermented foods can improve gut health, which can also help with anxiety and depression. "There are a lot of neurotransmitters in your gut," Wang explained. He and his teammates also reasoned that if their patient likes Chipotle, then she would probably enjoy the pungent, spicy flavor profile of Bibimbap.

Near the end of class, Campbell-Potter stirred the Greek yogurt, cucumber and fresh garlic in a large mixing bowl. Ashley Spindler, a teaching assistant, swooped in with a spoon.

"The moment of truth," she said, before trying it.

Campbell-Potter watched hopefully.


Spindler smacked her lips and nodded.

"It's really good!" she said.

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