Alcohol and white bread are being ditched for healthier and more nutritious foods as students are becoming more ‘image-conscious’, according to a recent survey.
Research conducted by unii.com shows that students around the country are not purchasing the stereotypical student groceries, but are instead buying eggs, cheese and meats – foods that are nutritious and high in protein.
In Nottingham, more local food companies are being regularly supported thanks to an increased interest in healthier local produce rather than the manufactured products of corporations.
Last week saw the annual arrival of the ‘Notts Nosh’ market outside of Nottingham Trent University, which aims to entice students with alternative food options that are sourced in the local community.
Chris Pryke-Hendy is an Environmental Assistant at Nottingham Trent University who was overseeing the day. He was not surprised about the results of the survey and believed that everyone is starting to become more health concious.
“The students at NTU are a healthy bunch who are not just interested in their diet and what they eat but also in the aspects of sustainability and their well-being too.”
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that students are choosing healthier options, I think they are becoming more and more wary like everyone else is. There are so many options food-wise available to them in Nottingham.”
The event that was held outside the Nottingham Trent Student Union drew the attention of hundreds of students, who came along to purchase and taste-test food from the local Nottingham-based seller. Food available included different types of jam, freshly baked sourdough and honey.
The survery by unii.com, which was participated in by 1,000 UK-based university students, also showed that 65% of students have gone hungry due to “poor money management”. However, Shona Munro from Nourish Associates, who promote workshops to encourage healthy living, believes that students can grow their own food to be more cost effective.
“We run a programme called ‘FoodShare – Growing To Give‘ which is all about food philanthropy and teaching students to grow produce and happens on an Nottingham Trent-based site.”
Penney Poyzer, also from Nourish Associates, believes that there is a “genuine switch” in the mentality of students when it comes to healthy eating.