Reported by Michele Paulse
Langara students feel that even though they think about the dangers of sugar consumption, they are glad the college does not have a policy on sugary foods.
The daily consumption of sugar has long term health consequences and the federal government is considering whether a warning about sweeteners should be added to the Canada Food Guide that is currently being revised. Langara College currently does not have a policy on sugary foods sold on campus.
The harmful outcome of eating sugar
Monica Molag, an instructor in the nutrition and food service management program, said although students should have the right to decide what they want to eat at school, they should be aware of the dangers of sugar. “If you’re eating too much sugar then your body changes it into fat because it’s a much more efficient storage unit,” Molag said.
Leonard Abiabio, a general studies student, sometimes relies on a sugary snack when he’s on campus all day. “If I get hungry I can have [a snack] quickly,” he said. He thinks Langara does not need a food policy because the campus has options that are better if you do want to eat healthier.
Molag said students will probably always have sugar in their diets but they should have healthy alternatives. “Look for things that are more the whole foods [and] not the processed foods,” she said. Langara has healthier options such as fresh sandwiches, steamed vegetables, soup and a salad bar.
Students crave sugar even though they are aware it’s not healthy
Maria Souza, a business administration student eats a healthy meal but enjoys having a sweet treat afterwards. “I need some sugar, it makes me happy,” said Souza, who thinks Langara should not have a food policy.
Eating sugar daily can lead to negative side effects in the future such as obesity and high blood pressure and Molag said because students are young they think it won’t happen to them. “Habits are built up and if they’re built around sugar that can be a problem,” she said.