Food and students: Italians prefer a healthy diet.
This is what emerges from a survey carried out on a global scale by Sodexo, which interviewed over 4,000 students, in Italy, China, the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom and India.
The purpose of the operation was to analyze the university lifestyle and in particular the eating habits of the students of our country, compared to those of the same age, but international.
The results of the survey were elaborated and reported in a long analysis by Il Sole 24 Ore.
The Italian students admitted, in fact, to prefer a healthier diet: 87% of young people reiterated the importance of healthy food.
In detail: 61% eat healthy food without making it a rule or an imposition, while 26% consider it a fundamental aspect of their diet.
The winners of the podium are: Chinese students in first place with 90%, Spanish and Indians in second place with 84% and finally Americans (80%) and English (78%).

Who doesn’t care, however, of what he eats?
Only 1% of Italians, 4% of British and 3% of Americans are not worried about their diet.
Packed lunch prepared at home? 57% of Italian students say yes, against 46% of Americans and English. The percentage of those who prefer to do so within the university rises to 35% (an important figure if compared with 19% of Iberians and Indians or 6% of Chinese).
Learn to cook? Italian students seem the least inclined: only 30% would like to do so, surpassed only by the Chinese (22%), against 42% of Americans and 39% of Indians.
Skip a meal? Absolutely not. Food remains fundamental for the young people of the boot: rather than save by skipping a meal (10%), Italians would not go out with friends (43%), would abandon a hobby (33%) or even not heat up (13%) .

Foreign food habits?
Chinese students buy their own meal (82%), instead of preparing it at home: 71% pay in cash in the internal canteens and 52% in bars, cafes or restaurants outside the campus.
Spanish students are the most nostalgic: they tend, in fact, to eat more at home than their parents (59%), as do Indian students (49%).
Reverse trend for Americans, who prefer to leave the campus for lunch, with 46% eating a packed lunch or ordering at a restaurant or café.
Finally, UK students prefer to prepare their own meals and eat them at home.

Type of dishes?
Approximately 44% of students prefer low-calorie foods, free of allergens and vegans / vegetarians, expecting to find them in university environments / shops.
The United Kingdom and India are looking for mostly vegan and vegetarian dishes, while American students prefer salads and Spanish dishes that are free of allergens.
Chinese students are looking for low calorie foods, fair trade products, of local and sustainable origin.