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Cooking classes lead to healthier eating

18th February 2013

A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow have said people who take part in cooking classes can improve their diet in the long term.

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In a study which examined government-funded courses lasting between one and two months, the team found participants consumed more fruit and vegetables after attending the classes.

The research, which was published in the Public Health Nutrition journal, showed participants were more confident about trying new foods and recipes after going to the classes. 

The team asked participants to fill in questionnaires when the course had ended, but also looked at whether the classes had an impact after some length of time.

After a year, 44 out of 100 participants were interviewed again and the team said the classes were still having an effect on their confidence in using recipes and ingredients.

The researchers said participants were consuming less ready meals than before they took part in the classes.

Study leader Dr Ada Garcia said: "It is very encouraging that we have these positive results."

"This suggests that the intervention has benefited participants' eating habits and health not only in the short-term, but also in the long-term."

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, former president of the Faculty of Public Health, said: "Budgets are being cut and local authorities are not going to fund stuff unless its been shown to be effective. But this is pretty encouraging."

He added: "It is particularly important to get these changes happening in young families." 

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Article Information

Title: Cooking classes lead to healthier eating
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23749
Date Added: 18th Feb 2013

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