Nutrition in Clemson BY: kelly coyne, ainsley cherubin, meaghan price, nicole tek

If you walk into the dining hall at Clemson, whether it be Core or Schlitter, one might think that they will find healthy food options, which sometimes one might, but for the most part only the unhealthy foods seem appealing and edible. Freshmen students are required a meal plan, in which they have unlimited swipes into the dining hall and are allowed access to whatever foods they would like, which is at least $1,930 and can be as much as $2,130 (“All Products,” n. d.). Located in both Core and Schlitter, there is a deli station, a salad station, a pizza station, and fast food station, and a dessert station. Around the Clemson campus there are fast food chains such as Moe’s, Chipotle, Panda Express, Einstein Bagels, Subway, Jimmy John’s, BGR, Groucho’s, and Wendy’s. These are all fast food options that provide few to none healthy options. Wendy’s is the only food chain open on campus until two in the morning. The dining halls continue to close at 9:00 every day forcing hungry students to eat unhealthy options due to the early dining hall hour closing times. On Saturdays, Schlitter is closed which makes students that live-in Byrnes, Lever or Manning, to either go to Hendrix and pursue those unhealthy options or make the twenty-minute walk across campus to Core Campus to eat food.

What Nutrition Values should be

A healthy diet includes getting a balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein; which are your three main nutrients. There are such things as healthy fats, fats are essential to providing your body with energy. Out of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, fats are the most energy dense.

Not only do fats provide energy, but they help us absorb vitamins, keep our skin healthy, as well as aid in brain development. Healthy fats can be found in fish, olives, avocados, and oils that have not been hydrogenated such as olive oil. Unhealthy fats (saturated, hydrogenated, and trans fats) can cause cardiovascular health problems. These fats can be found in processed foods such as chips and meats such as beef or pork.
Carbohydrates help to prevent disease, provide energy for our muscles and brain, as well as contain important vitamins, fibers, and minerals. Although fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates, our main source comes from grains. There are two types of grains, refined grains and whole grains
An example of a refined grain would be flour, refined grains are usually grinned or sifted and involve the removal of a germ or bran. Since refined grains have been sifted they lose many of their key nutrients and fiber. This is why whole grains are important, the key nutrients and fibers found in whole grains help to prevent obesity, heart disease, and colon cancer. Males between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four should consume about eight servings of grains a day, in which at least four of those serving should be whole grains. Females between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four should consume about six servings a day, of which half of those serving should be whole grains as well.
Protein is important for having strong and healthy muscles, cartilage, skin, bones and blood. Lean protein is the best to look for when trying to avoid trans fats. Proteins make hormones, vitamins, and enzymes. Protein also helps us to feel alert and helps blood sugar maintain homeostasis.

Clemson Compared to other Schools

According to Niche, Clemson university is not even ranked in the top 100 for best college food. "2017 Best College Food in America." Niche. In addition to this, Clemson is only tenth compared to other colleges in South Carolina. As the second largest college in SC, one would think Clemson would rank higher than universities such as Lander.
Even our rival, USC, is beating us, as they are ranked third in the list. This list was made based on the availability students have to a wide variety of healthy, nutritious food. One would think that many of the colleges or universities ahead of Clemson on every list available are small, private schools that can afford nutritional dining, but in fact most of them are state schools even larger than clemson.
Many of these schools incorporate things like renewable dining, fresh, local produce from farmers markets, and vegetarian/ gluten free options. UCLA even has an entire dining hall dedicated to only healthy eating and “serves local, unprocessed, organic and nutritious meals to students”(College Rank).

How to fix the issue

Many universities are implementing more organic fruit, vegetable, and whole grain options. In addition they are becoming more gluten-free, allergy, or vegetarian friendly(Hall). Many students want healthier options, and when given these options will choose to live healthier lifestyles.
Educating students about healthy eating: “Many dining programs are working in conjunction with campus health authorities to provide educational and help programs to students in need”(Davis). This will give students the knowledge and power to choose a healthier lifestyle with their options on campus.
Instead of having numerous fast food options, Clemson could encourage the opening of restaurants with healthy but affordable options. This would increase the choice students have for healthy meals.

Work Cited

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  • "The Student's Guide to Nutrition." Best Colleges. N.p., 10 Mar. 2017. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
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