What's Cooking on 1060: 'Villanova Eats Great'

Hadas Kuznits
July 27, 2018 - 3:15 am
Vegan Diet

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A local university is emphasizing its plant-based dining options, and the director of dining services predicts this is the future of food.

Tim Dietzler, director of dining services at Villanova University, says his personal interest in a plant-based diet started with a simple request.

"One student came to me one day and asked if I would be willing to take a 30-day challenge to dine as a vegan in our dining operations and I accepted her challenge," Dietzler said. "After that I really didn't find the need to return to my normal diet."

And now Villanova has implemented their VEG program, a vegan-like diet that stands for Villanova Eats Great.

"We use principals from the Harvard Chan School of Medicine and the Culinary Institute of America," Dietzler explained. "So they have a program called 'Menus of Change' and they're challenging restaurateurs across the country to adopt these new principles; so we use those principles to build VEG; Hydration, drink more water than carbonated or soda beverages. Increase the amount of whole grains in your diet, and then make fruits and vegetables the center of your plate."

He says plant-based diets have been shown to improve health.

"But also environmentally," Dietzler said. "As you decrease your intake of animal proteins, you're decreasing your intake of water consumption and energy consumption, as well."

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