Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Attend Nutrition Fair March 18 to separate food fact from fiction

Published March 16, 2015

URBANA, Ill. – Do you have trouble sorting through all the contradictory nutrition advice that is currently circulating? Have you ever wondered what the truth is about popular diets? The annual Nutrition Fair held March 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Ikenberry Commons lobby at the University of Illinois will address common misconceptions about eating right, said Justine Karduck, director of the U of I’s Didactic Program in Dietetics.

March is National Nutrition Month, and dietetics students from Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) 329, “Communication in Nutrition,” are teaming up with UIUC Dining Services, McKinley Health Center, Campus Recreation, Student Dietetic Association, and the Food Science and Human Nutrition Graduate Student Association, to put on the fair, Karduck said.

“We invite everyone to come and learn more about nutrition. Fair attendees will have the opportunity to play games, win cool prizes, taste healthy snacks, have questions answered, and learn the latest about nutrition,” she said.

“Want to know about high-protein diets? Are you trying to ‘beef up’ and think you need more protein? Come let us pump you up with information about how much protein your body actually need. Stop by the Let’s Get Pumped about Protein booth to get the facts straight,” she said.

“Some people avoid dairy products because they have been associated with lactose intolerance and saturated fats. The dairy booth has answers on how to include this nutritional powerhouse into your diet,” Karduck added.

“Does the price of fresh fruits and veggies get you down? Have you heard processed foods are bad for you? Come and separate fact from fiction at the Nutrition Myth Busters: Fruits and Vegetables Edition booth,” she urged.

“What about low-carb diets? Are grain-free diets our destiny? Is carbohydrate consumption black and white or are there shades of gray? Check out the Gray Area of Carbohydrates booth to see UIUC students eliminate the stigma behind carbohydrate consumption,” Karduck said.

“Want to know the scoop on alcohol consumption? The alcohol booth has the facts for you. Whatever your question, we’ve got your plate covered. The fair is a great opportunity to debunk some common myths about nutrition, try delicious food, and have a great time,” she said.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the coordinator of the National Nutrition Month College Nutrition Fair, please contact Justine Karduck via e-mail at karduck@illinois.edu.