Higher Education Foodservice : Let’s Talk Olive Oil

We have gone over our arguments regarding the use of olive oil in schools before on this blog, but our focus was primarily on grade school and high school. Today, we are going to be speaking to colleges. College is a place of learning, development, creativity, and too often, unfortunately, poor nutrition. Here is why colleges across the world should be incorporating extra virgin olive oil into their cafeterias.


The Research

When we first started looking into college nutrition, the results amazed us. It’s incredible that you can earn a degree in nutrition at college, but the nutrition in the college cafeteria is sparse at best. Here are the packaged results of our college campus cafeteria research

  • College campuses offer limited support in relations to obesity and campus nutrition.
  • The nutritional developmental years in post-adolescent college are some of the most important nutrition years.
  • Lower-priced health options create nutrition advocates in the college-aged group.

It’s clear that college is an important period in a person’s life to be able to access healthy food options. Unfortunately, most colleges simply aren’t providing those options to students.


Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s Place

In such an important period of nutritional development, what is the role that olive oil should play? Well, hopefully, a large one.

We aren’t going to shy away from terms here, olive oil is a superfood. We know, we know, people have used and abused this term to the point of making it meaningless. But, going by the original definition of a nutrient-dense food that you should incorporate into your diet, olive oil is definitely a superfood.

In order to prove olive oil’s health benefits in college, let’s use a little college research.

  • Oleic acid in olive oil helps prevent cancer and heart disease.
  • Olive oil has over 30 phenolic compounds that help prevent cancer.
  • The microcomponents in olive oil improve lipid profiles.
  • Olive oil reduces LDL-cholesterol (bad) and increases HDL-cholesterol (good).
  • Those that consume more olive oil have overall reduced mortality rates.

The research goes on and on. Olive oil is by far one of the most researched health foods on the planet.

So colleges, throw the ranch and french dressing packets filled with saturated fats in the trash where they belong; garnish salads with our olive oil  vinaigrette. While you are it, throw that canola oil away as well, it’s filled with trans fats and tastes bland. Offer our single serving pods; your students will thank you, and your bottom line will thank you as well.

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