Food and nutrition literacy: Definitions and applications


  • Waraporn Youngiam Lecturer, Division of Community Health, Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University


Nutrition literacy, Health literacy, Food literacy


Food literacy and nutrition literacy emerged from the concept of health literacy. Food and nutrition literacy is to promote cognitive skills and competency of people that emphasize food and nutrition. Principal outcomes were to increase food and nutrition knowledge, food skills, dietary consumption behavior, and improve the positive health outcomes.

This article conducted a literature review regarding food and nutrition literacy concepts from academic and research articles, which were accepted both at national and international levels from 2001 to 2022. The objective was to describe meanings, components, and the applications of food and nutrition literacy concepts in health promotion and non-communicable diseases prevention associated with dietary consumption behavior. This article benefits health sectors, schools, and related organizations, which applied these concepts to promote food and nutrition literacy, food skills, dietary consumption behavior; to promote healthy people and increase the quality of life.


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How to Cite

Youngiam ว. (2021). Food and nutrition literacy: Definitions and applications. Journal of Public Health Naresuan University, 3(3), 1–15. Retrieved from