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The best and most effective way to cure the heat of summer is to cook and eat the food of the season, the Australian Institute of Food and Agriculture (AIFA) says.AIFI has teamed up with a number of Australian universities and other research centres to provide research and teaching opportunities to prepare and cook healthy food in the heat.
Its an innovative project which is currently in the process of developing a range of health-focused cooking skills, according to AIFA.
In the lead-up to this year’s heatwave, students at the University of Queensland will be learning how to cook with and around traditional and modern techniques.
Professor Richard Jones, an AIFI Associate Professor of Food Science, said the program would also help students learn how to make healthier food.
“When we look at a food product, the first thing we want to look at is the ingredients, and the second thing is the cooking method, and there’s a lot of research and data that shows that people who are more active tend to be healthier than those who are inactive,” he said.
“A lot of the research we have has shown that the less time we spend doing stuff, the better off we are.”
Mr Jones said the students would be cooking in the summer months, with the goal of creating healthier food at the end of the year.
“The students will be using all the research, all the new research, and some of the new ideas from the community, and it’s going to be very important for them to know what’s in their kitchen and how to use it,” he explained.
“In some cases, they’ll be learning new recipes and new techniques.
In others, they will be looking at traditional methods, but also learning some of these new techniques.”
Professor Jones said while there was a need to learn new cooking techniques, the students should also learn the importance of healthy eating.
“We need to take the time to get the diet right, and we need to use a healthy approach to food, so it’s not a luxury or an indulgence,” he noted.
“What we’re trying to do is teach them about healthy eating, how to eat healthy, how not to eat unhealthy, and how we can all be part of this solution.”
To prepare healthy meals, students will need to work through a series of recipes to develop their cooking skills.
“They’re going to have to go through a number, but they’re going also have to learn the different ways of cooking a variety of different foods,” Mr Jones said.
To learn more about cooking with and in the field of food, go to www.aifia.org.au/cooking-with-and-in-the-field