Nutrition Tools at UBC
This page helps you navigate menu icons, allergen lists, nutrition information and online menus like a pro.
Menus in many UBC Food Service locations are marked with icons. These icons let you know if a food item is prepared to meet your dietary preferences.
Identifies menu items that fit a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, including eggs, dairy and honey.
Identifies menu items that are made from plant-based foods only. Menu choices with this icon exclude eggs, dairy, honey and any other animal-derived ingredients.
Made Without Gluten*
Identifies menu items that are made without ingredients containing gluten.
Identifies menu items using sustainable seafood that is caught or farmed in a way that ensures the long-term health and stability of that species.
Identifies menu items that only contain third-party Halal-certified meat.
We cannot guarantee items made in-house are gluten-free due to the risk of cross-contact. If you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy please let the chef or server know before ordering.
UBC Food Services takes food allergies seriously. The most common allergens are labelled on all prepared food items – peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, sesame, soy, fish, shellfish, mustard, sulphites and gluten.
We do our best to accommodate students with allergies. Here are three ways to prepare for a year free from allergic reactions:
Ask before you eat
Always tell your server about your allergy before ordering. Ingredients can vary at any given meal. If you have any questions about ingredients or preparation, ask to speak with a chef or manager before placing your order.
Prepared foods in many of our locations have a nutrition information label.
Use this label to help you make balanced food choices that give you the nutrients you need for your daily activities. Here’s how to read a nutrition information label:
This is the size of one portion of the food item. Nutrition information on the label is based on one serving of the food item, not the whole package.
Calories are the amount of energy in a food. Calories fuel your body and mind.
% Daily Value
This lets you know if there is a little or a lot of a nutrient in a food relative to the amount recommended for a standard 2,000 calorie diet. For example, if you want more of a certain nutrient you can use the percent daily value to help you choose foods that contain higher amounts of that nutrient.
This is the total amount of fat in one serving. Fat provides energy (calories) and helps you absorb important vitamins.
This is the total amount of carbohydrates (starch, fibre and sugar) in a serving of the food item. Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel and energy for your body and mind.
Helps you feel fuller for longer and keeps your bowels healthy. The higher the number, the better! If you are planning to increase your fibre intake do it slowly over a couple weeks and make sure you drink lots of water.
Protein gives your body energy, builds and repairs body tissue (like muscles), and helps you feel fuller for longer.
Aim to consume less than 2300mg of sodium each day – too much sodium can lead to health problems later.
Footnotes act as a handy reminder that a nutrient with a percent daily value of 5% or less is a little, while 15% or more is a lot.
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Ask a Question
No time to meet up? Students in residence can email our Registered Dietitians with food or nutrition questions.