A new study led by researchers at Brescia University College has found evidence that experience in meal preparation as a teenager is the best predictor of food skills in university students. It also concluded that students who had taken a formal food and nutrition course had higher food skills than those who had not taken such a course. “Given the positive correlation between food skills and healthy eating behaviours, we believe that if students can acquire a food and nutrition education […] before living independently, this has the potential to increase their food proficiency,” explained Brescia faculty member Jamie Seabrook. Brescia reports that the study is the largest to date in the literature on this subject.

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