Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Laxatives in Campus Dining Hall Food

Pipe Dream [Binghamton University, NY]
2 July 2008

Bear+cat=bearcat? BU myths debunked

By Courtney Kates, Release writer


Are there laxatives in the dining hall food?

A chopped onion, a teaspoon of salt and a laxative? Many students believe that the food they are eating at the campus dining halls, whether it is the soup of the day or chocolate chip pancakes at breakfast, are loaded with laxatives. The reason for this, according to many students, is that if there is something wrong with the food a laxative will prevent it from remaining in your stomach long enough to harm the body. Bob Griffin, head of marketing for Sodexho, has heard this story one too many times. "I just can't help but laugh every time I hear that," Griffin said. "It's one of the silliest things I've ever heard. Why would we do that?" [...]