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Elements of what makes one food literate

"Food literacy" is not a well or consistently defined term in existing research and literature, but here are some elements that comprise it:

"Food literacy" is not a well or consistently defined term in existing research and literature, but here are some elements that comprise it:

— Cooking skills

— Use of both fresh (or raw) and prepared ingredients

— Knowledge of and ability to use equipment required in cooking

— Knowledge of how to read and interpret recipes

— An understanding of how food is grown

— Knowledge of nutritive value of food

Source: Heather Thomas, public health dietitian, Middlesex-London Health Unit, London, Ont.

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