Students hungry for healthy cafeteria meals

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Students wandering the Langara cafeteria in search of nourishing meals are mostly surrounded by fast food franchises like Tim Hortons and Quiznos. In the cafeteria on any given day, students can be seen munching on a variety of greasy-looking burgers and sugary donuts.

Rizwan Bandali, the cafeteria manager, said students do have a variety of healthier options beyond the typical fast food fare, including a salad bar and stir-fried vegetables.

Fast food restaurants offer alternatives

Even some of the fast food restaurants offer alternatives. Bandali recommended White Spot’s lifestyle chicken burger.

“It’s low-carb, it’s not fried, it’s a great product. It’s served with water instead of pop,” he said.

Nutritional information not available on campus

According to Bandali, nutritional information for most of the food served on campus isn’t readily available, but students are still able to obtain it upon request.

However, some students don’t believe the cafeteria is doing enough to provide nutritious meals.

Hailey Graham, a peace and conflict studies student, eats in the cafeteria about once a week. “I actually pack a lunch most of the time,” she said. “All of [the cafeteria food] is not very healthy.”

Price of food unfair in cafeteria

James Watson, a history student, agreed that the cafeteria doesn’t offer a lot of healthy food. Additionally, he doesn’t think the price of the food is fair.

Langara students queue in the college cafeteria. Photo: Gillian Hames

“It is expensive for what you get,” he said. “I pay like nine to ten bucks on a plate of salad that at other restaurants wouldn’t cost that much.”

“I’m not going to pay three or four dollars for a slice of pizza,” Graham said, adding that she could buy essentially the same pizza for $1.25 downtown.

Students want quality food at affordable prices

Watson believes the school has a responsibility to provide food that is affordable to its students. He said that he would be more inclined to eat at the cafeteria if the prices were cheaper.

Graham, on the other hand, wouldn’t mind paying more for quality, nutritious food.

“We have an obesity epidemic,” she said. “Why are we serving burgers?”

“A healthy lifestyle creates a healthier brain. It just doesn’t make sense that the food is the way it is.”

Reported by Gillian Hames

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