The cafe was certified by the Gluten-Free Food Services Certification Program, which is a nationally-recognized food safety program.
“Students’ needs have always been our top priority,” Rich Roldan, director of university dining services, said in a statement. “Students have enough to worry about – they should not have to worry about their food being safe to eat. It is important they can eat in a safe environment.”
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. People who suffer from celiac disease cannot process gluten, and their immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine when gluten is consumed. This leads to various gastrointestinal symptoms, such as stomach pain, diarrhea, and bloating. Overtime, it can lead to severe gastrointestinal damage.
About 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease. Food companies and college campuses around the country have begun offering more gluten free options as many consumers, even without a diagnosed sensitivity, opt to restrict gluten in their diets.
All patrons can dine at Kent State’s new café which is open every weekday.