Examining Food Literacy

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Examining Food Literacy 
by Amir Emamdjomeh, Tiago Ferreira Leao, Tracey Fu, Logan Harvey, Erica Mirabitur, Ke Li Yew, and Alim Leung.


Food literacy is becoming more prevalent due to the fact that it is vital to good health. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), only 36 percent of American adults understand and practice fundamental food literacy skills. Food literacy, as the Hampstead Institute explains, is “the ability to organize one’s everyday nutrition in a self-determined, responsible and enjoyable way.” The lack of this ability implies that one would not reach his or her dietary needs as recommended by doctors and dieticians. For example, food illiterate people will be less likely to consume the required amount of fruits and vegetables because they probably do not understand the importance of a balanced diet. This is a huge problem facing our nation because the health of Americans is noticeably affected.

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