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Nutrition for Young Adults


Video: Snack and Drinks



Fat and sugar in foods/drinks


The Issue:
Fried and greasy foods at the take-away and sweet soft drinks are not good for you if you have too much of them. They have very little nutritional value. Young adults still require certain nutrients to promote healthy growth. Inadequate nutrition can result in young adults not reaching their full growth potentials. The food habits at this age may also carry into adulthood so if young adults don’t learn to eat well they risk developing a range of diet related diseases particularly heart disease and diabetes.



Possible ways to address the issue:
When buying food at the take-away, try to have things like sandwiches with wholemeal bread, or stew with rice. These foods are better for you but they are also filling and tasty and they don’t always cost more than unhealthy choices. The drinks that are better for your health are milks, water and if desired, small bottles of fruit juice (choose the ones with no added sugar).


There are many benefits of choosing good foods for better health as you become older. If you like playing sports and want to perform at your very best, choosing your  foods wisely can help you to maximise your health and fitness and help you to reach your goals, whatever they are.





The issue:

Young adults who are still in school rely on Abstudy or their parents for money. They might also be on another form of centrelink payment or possibly on a trainee wage. They usually have the freedom to make their own food and drink choices so they should be aware of spending their money wisely. Sometimes people don’t realise how much they are spending on certain products and might find their money runs out too quickly and they don’t have enough left to buy food later in the week.


Possible ways to address the issue:

Young adults need to find ways to make their money last longer. There might be a service available through the council office or the store where you can have part of your payment reserved to pay for food when you need it. Young adults should also learn to shop wisely. Compare different products available in the store and buy the cheapest product to suit your needs. For example, if you want to buy steak, T-Bone can be twice the price of another cut of meat or if you are looking for vegetables, a pack of frozen vegetables might be cheaper than the cost of certain fresh vegetables. Instead of hot chips, a tin of baked beans and two slices of toast can be cheaper and more nutritious. You don’t have to buy soft drinks everyday when you can have cold water for free. Cold water or milk drinks are much better for you than soft drinks.






The issue:

Young adults may lack the skill or desire to cook for themselves. Many people rely on foods that require little to no preparation time. This may be due to lack of cooking facilities at home or being away from home. Lots of people use instant noodles as a quick and easy meal but most of these are high in salt which can cause disease. In many situations the easiest thing is to buy food at the take-away rather than get food from the store to cook a meal at home. A lot of take-away foods are high in fat, salt and sugar and these can be harmful to your health if you eat them all the time.


Possible ways to address the issue:

Find someone in your family who knows about cooking and help them to prepare some meals. That way you will learn to cook for yourself. There are many food choices that are quick and easy to prepare and also provide a good source of nutrition. Tins of meat and vegetables are good as a main meal. Tinned spaghetti and baked beans can be eaten at any time of the day. Frozen meals can have good amounts of meat and vegetables and can cost very close to the price of a takeaway bought meal. Cheese and tomato goes well with bread or dry biscuits or make sandwiches on wholemeal bread with ham or corned beef. Also pasta and sauce meals, and snacks like tuna and biscuits. Find out more about healthy fast food.