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 Woodstoc​k​ recently re​designed​ 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 ​offer​ing​ sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, and smoothies. ​Besides​ being gluten-free, a​ll ​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 entr​ies​ 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​ ear​n​ its gluten-free certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group.

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