Special Dietary Needs
Food choices are a made for many different reasons. Cultural, religious, emotional, economical, environmental and personal health are all factors that contribute to food choices and there are probably many more out there. Food preferences are very personal and unique with every individual. University Dining Services is beginning to make a valiant effort to accommodate students with specific dietary needs. As we push forward to develop an exemplary program for special diets, here is some information about different diets that you should know.
For a listing of general food allergies, click here.
There are different types of vegetarian diets that vary in the amounts and types of animal products included. You can never go wrong by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, but there’s more to the story when it comes to a balanced diet and getting all the nutrients your body needs.
Veganism (veé-gin-ism) - A vegan diet includes only plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans and peas), grains, nuts and seeds. Because a vegan diet does not include any items derived from animal sources, a vegan will avoid all meats and foods made with any dairy products or eggs.
Lactovegetarian - diet will not include meat or eggs, but incorporates plant foods plus cheese and other dairy products.
Lacto-Ovovegetarian - diet will not include any meat, but incorporates plant foods, eggs, cheese and other dairy products.
Pescatarian - will include fish in an otherwise lacto-ovovegetarian diet.
While a vegan and vegetarian diet is typically lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, it should also be carefully planned to ensure that all essential nutrients available in a diet containing meat are still consumed.
Diabetes is a disease in which insulin is no longer produced by the body or the insulin produced is not being absorbed by the body. Insulin is the hormone that converts sugar into energy for the body’s daily needs.
Type 1 Diabetes
Results from the body’s failure to produce insulin. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes.
There are many factors that can influence the development of Diabetes. They include diet, exercise, environmental factors and genetics.
For more information about Diabetes, please visit the following links:
- American Diabetes Association
- Centers for Disease Control
For more information regarding a gluten-free diet, please click on any of the below document links. If you have any other questions, please contact our office, as we would be happy to assist you with any special dietary needs.
- Gluten-Free Cooking Substitutions for Wheat Flour
- Gluten-Free Diet Food to Question
- Gluten-Free Diet Allowed Foods
- Gluten-Free Diet Not Allowed Foods
We are currently compiling information on Low-Carb dieting. Please check back soon!