Come Dine With Me encourages students to get in the kitchen, study finds
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Foodie TV programmes such as Come Dine With Me are inspiring students to prepare meals for each other and abandon eat-alone snacks, according to research. A study carried out by National Union of Students (NUS), in conjunction with The Co-operative Food, has challenged the stereotype that students live on unhealthy fast foods and takeaways. In fact there is much more planning involved as they enjoy cooking tasty and healthy meals for themselves and for others. The research shows that the vast majority of students (83%) enjoy preparing food, but 57% say cooking for one gets really boring. More than half (57%) plan at least two days’ meals in advance to ensure they manage their limited budget whilst still enjoying nutritious food. Students’ love of cooking is consistent across all ages and genders, and 83% say they seek inspiration for new, quick and easy meal ideas. One thing that hasn’t changed is the limited student budget. On average students spend around £49 a week on groceries and more than half (59%) say price is the number one factor when choosing what to eat.
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