What food knowledge ensures school leavers are capable of healthy food practice?
Background Food consumers in the western world face many complex issues that can impinge on their current and future health. The aim of this research was to identify areas of agreement regarding the basic food knowledge required by young adults for healthy living. Method Interviews were conducted using open-ended questioning to gain a cross-section of health professionals' perspectives regarding the basic food knowledge required by young adults for healthy living. Results Key areas of agreement generated from the interviews included a need for school leavers to understand: nutritional aspects of food, food preparation and cooking skills, food safety, how to read labels, understanding of production, processing and food distribution, how to shop for food on a budget, understanding seasonal variations in food, understanding food marketing, moral and ethical issues associated with food. Conclusions This study produced a rich understanding about what food-related professionals considered necessary components of food knowledge for school leavers.