Food of College
note: The entire article below is unhealthy. But it's college... tread at your
to college is a rite of passage for many young men and women. It's sometimes the
first time young adults get the chance to begin taking care of themselves. One
of the main things that worries parents when their child heads out into the world
of college is their diet. What are they going to eat if the cafeteria closes too
early? What if they don't like the cafeteria food? What if they didn't sign up
for cafeteria meals?
Parents shouldn't worry; the majority of the time,
college students will eat, but they will eat poorly. College students today have
developed their own underworld of cuisine, involving quite the array of foods,
time-tested by students in the past, and catered specifically to college needs
by clever and manipulative manufacturers.
The main staple of dorm life
in our modern era is the microwave. College students take microwave food to a
whole new level. The smell of microwave popcorn is right at home in a dorm, even
at 3 a.m. I had a roommate at college who ate microwave popcorn for breakfast.
Quick, easy, cheap and filling- what more could you ask for?
also the infamous Japanese noodles (the Japanese name for this product many believe
actually translate to "student cuisine"). One of the biggest things
I learned at school was how many ways there are to eat this ubiquitous, 10 cent
meal. There's the traditional method of boiling it into soup, of course. There's
also the option of straining the water out before adding the seasoning, creating
a cheap pasta meal. A buddy of mine used to give away his seasoning packets to
those who liked their soup extra salty and nasty, and then use the noodles mixed
with cafeteria vegetables to create his own vegetable soup. There's an entire
culture devoted to forming recipes around instant noodles. And college students
might be the most creative consumers of all.
But the need for so much
creativity is not as dire as it once was. Nowadays microwaves are criminally cheap
to own, and many college students even receive a dorm room equipped with one.
This has caused manufacturers to cater to the college students' needs like never
before. Macaroni and cheese that doesn't involve buying milk, and rice dinners
in a bag that include all the seasonings are two examples of the step forward
for students living at school, where access to cooking supplies (and having somewhere
to keep them) is not as easy as it looks.
Yes, this instant and easy
food is about as healthy as what you'd find in a boot camp's chow hall. As parents,
be sure to drive into your children's heads college food will lead to all sorts
of dietary problems down the road, and "college cuisine" may even cause
a few medical problems too if the student goes overboard.
your college son or daughter is home, be sure to cook them healthy, nutritious
meals that are a far cry from the processed staples of university eating.
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