Sodexo Announces Gluten-Free Options At University of South Carolina
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Eating at the University of South Carolina has become healthier with gluten-free, organic options offered by Sodexo through Naturally Woodstock and Plan-It-Healthy. Naturally Woodstock recently redesigned its menu to feature exclusively gluten-free items while Plan-It-Healthy's menu is 100 percent gluten-free.
This is great news for those students and visitors to USC who are one of the three million Americans who suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process. Gluten tells the immune disease of people who suffer from celiac disease to attack the small intestine and inhibit the absorption of important nutrients. Awareness of the problem has grown and gluten-free options are becoming increasingly common in eateries and food retailers across the world.
In the case of USC, the expansion of gluten-free options was a response to demand by administrators as the number of students with gluten intolerance grew. Since 2014, Naturally Woodstock has been offering sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, and smoothies. Besides being gluten-free, all items served at this dining place are also part of Sodexo’s Mindful program that emphasizes healthy cooking techniques to increase flavor and decrease calories, fat and sodium. Coffee is also locally sourced from Indah.
Elsewhere at Plan-It-Healthy, costumers can choose from a rotating menu of gluten-free items. Each day it offers at least two different entries and three vegetables. For the take-away contingent, it also offers a grab-and-go selection of prepackaged gluten-free items for those who are in a hurry.
Sodexo's gluten-free initiative at USC is part of a wider drive to offer more variety and meet students' dietary needs on campus. Kent State University became the first in the nation to introduce a certified gluten-free dining hall on a college campus with its Prentice Café, which went on to earn its gluten-free certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group.
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