"To receive benefit from the wholesomeness of wheat it is important to choose wheat products made from whole wheat flour rather than those that are refined and stripped of their natural goodness." statement from WHFoods.com
Students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have the option to choose whole wheat, white, rye and other types of breads for their sandwiches. IUP also offers different types of wraps they have the option of a glutton free wrap, spinach wrap and a few others. But one thing that I have not taken notice too until recently is the choice of having whole wheat noodles. Along with not having the choice to have whole wheat bread with fixed meals at Fosters, IUP's cafeteria, fixed meals being cheese steak sandwiches, gyros, chicken quesadillas, along with a variety of soups. We also do not have the choice to have wheat crackers or croutons.
Chicken noodle soup served at Fosters without having the choice of whole wheat noodles. Photo taken by Aysa Alwood
"Personally I only eat whole wheat bread," said Jera M. Scott, a athletic training major at IUP. "I'd appreciate it if IUP would switch everything to whole wheat."
If IUP would switch to whole grain at least for noodles in the soup they serve along with the pasta they would be helping students become healthier, WHFoods.com stated, that Whole grains are a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion. By switching to whole wheat it will substantially help lower type 2 diabetes.
"A diet rich in whole grains may also help steer you around cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, even gum disease--not to mention the pain of having to buy bigger pants," stated by Dr. Oz and Dr. Micheal Roizen in the article, Behold the Health Benefits of Whole Wheat Bread.
If we could convince IUP and Aramark to switch our pasta noodle to whole wheat along with giving students the option to choose what type of bread they'd like with their cheese steak or chicken quesadilla we could move towards a better lifestyle for the whole campus.
Take time to post your comments on my blog along with IUP's dining Facebook because that's the only way we will see a difference in the nutritional value we are served here at IUP.