Nutritional knowledge about the Mediterranean diet and its practical application among students in Poland

Obrazek miniatury
Karlik, Sandra
Dereń, Katarzyna
Tytuł czasopisma
Tytuł tomu
Publishing Office of the University of Rzeszow
Introduction and aim. The popularity of the Mediterranean diet is increasing and following it has many health benefits, including improving mental well-being. The aim of the study was to assess the nutritional knowledge about the Mediterranean diet and its practical application among students in Poland. Material and methods. The study assessed a group of 313 students in Poland. The research tool was a questionnaire that focused on knowledge about the Mediterranean diet. Results. The study showed that in terms of knowledge of the Mediterranean diet, students scored on average 6.5±3.2 points (on a scale 0–11). When it comes to dietary compliance, the average score was 6.3±2.4 points (scale 1–13 points). The better the knowledge of the diet, the better the compliance with its rules. Statistically, the analysis showed that there is a significant relationship between the age and/or academic degree of the students and their higher level of knowledge. The greater compliance with Mediterranean eating patterns was influenced by the location, age, or education of the respondents. Conclusion. The study shows that the surveyed group of students in Poland has only an average level of knowledge and compliance with the Mediterranean diet.
All subjects gave their informed consent for inclusion before participating in the study. The study was carried out in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki.
Słowa kluczowe
Mediterranean diet , nutrition , students’ knowledge
European Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine T. 21, z. 3 (2023), s. 483-491