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Students: more likely to snack on vegetables than chocolate

22nd January 2015

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Students are embracing home cooking and chucking out the takeaways and chocolate, according to our new healthy eating survey.

Our research has revealed that 55% of students cook for themselves every day, and that just 11% eat out at restaurants or rely on takeaways once a week or more.

We questioned 693 UK students about their eating habits in collaboration with Bacofoil, and the results have shown us that, largely, you’re a healthy bunch.

On top of the 55% of UK students who get in the kitchen every night, a further 34% do so between twice and five times per week.

Only 1% of students said that they never cook for themselves, whilst 83% regularly cook either for themselves or for themselves and one other person, and 15% regularly lay on dinner for their friends and/or flatmates.

Unsurprisingly, pasta is a staple when students do don their aprons – 68% load up on it every week.

You’re not an overly veggie lot, either – 40% of those surveyed give their protein a boost and eat meat every day, whilst 41% do so every week.

Although it might seem hard to fit in those greens, students aren’t neglecting their five-a-day: 58% eat fruit every single day, whilst 69% make sure they get a daily dose of vegetables and absolutely no one - 0% - say that they avoid vegetables completely.

In fact, you’re more likely to swear off crisps and chocolate than fruit and vegetables – 22% eat chocolate either monthly or not at all, whilst for crisps it’s 47%.

Comparatively only 2% of students eat vegetables once a month or less, and 58% get at least three of their five portions of fruit and veg per day.

That’s a whole lot of brain-boosting vitamins you’re loading up on, as well as being pretty good news for student waistlines – so keep it up!

The National Student ran a healthy eating survey in conjunction with Bacofoil, whose Student Cook of the Year final will be taking place in London on Friday 23rd January.

The competition has seen students submit dishes that they have created via the hashtag #BacofoilStudentCook, and the final cook-off will be judged by foodies including chef Sam Stern and Masterchef winner Steven Wallace.

For more information go to and for some healthy recipe ideas check out our food pages on The National Student:

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