November 8, 2007 8:25 PM

what to eat?

So unless I'm mistaken, Berkeley has a reputation for having one of, if not THE, "healthiest" dining options in the nation. I most definitely agree with the fact that our organic selection blows away competing universities', and I applaud the fact that trans fats don't dare trespass our campus boundaries. As I acquainted myself with the "healthy" campaign that seemed to surround me everywhere I ate during the first few weeks of school, I had high expectations that I would end up eating a relatively nutritious diet. But after those first few weeks I began to realize that my food options, that is, the "nutritious" ones, were much more limited that I had presumed them to be. For example, I remember specifically avoiding the main dishes at cafe three for a few days straight because the only options were fried burger patties, roast beef with a generous helping of lard on the side, or kung pao deep fried chicken loaded with extra salt. The only other alternatives were pho or pizza...which are not terrible themselves, but failed to attract my taste buds after eating them continuously for a whole week.

And it's not just dining hall food that makes me doubt the health factor of food here at berkeley, it's also the food at other locations, like the GBC for example. I picked up a turkey sandwich for lunch one day only to set it right back down after reading the nutrition facts: somewhere around 700 calories, over half from fat, existed what ended up being someone's lunch for the day. And this is exactly the issue that strikes me as a bit of a fallacy in the argument that berkeley offers "the most nutritious options" around. Although trans fats have been eliminated from most of the food we eat here on campus, I get the feeling that Cal's ability to claim that its dining options are trans fat free allows its consumers (us college students) to believe that we are eating "relatively healthy foods" no matter what item we pick up in the dining halls or at the GBC. Meanwhile, a significant amount of other fats (saturated, unsaturated, none of which are considered healthy unless in small amounts) slip into our diet undetected while many of us college students remain under the impression that we are getting some of the healthiest selection around.

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