Chew on This-National Nutrition Month

Chew on This March


Join us for our next "Chew on This" event where we will talk about whole grains and why we need carbs. Enjoy a sampling of a variety of whole grain dishes, too!


Whole Grain Sampling:

All American Grain Salad: Wild rice salad with marinated cranberries, gingered apricots and Vermont maple orange dressing

Rasta Quinoa Salad: Quinoa salad with an Island flair, quinoa with mango,black beans,cilantro, sweet potato and a citrus & jerk spiced vinaigrette

Greek-Style Grilled Vegetable & Barley Salad: Barley salad with marinated grilled vegetables, feta cheese and basil in a tangy old world Greek style vinaigrette


Did you know that boosting your daily intake of whole grains can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels? Whole grains are complex carbohydrates that offer more than just fiber including B vitamins, selenium, vitamin E, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants.

Did you know that eating good quality carbs like whole grains help reduce mood swings, anxiety and depression? Beyond blood sugar regulation whole grain foods are a great source of B vitamins which help support a healthy nervous system and are needed to produce feel good brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) serotonin and dopamine.

Did you know that many types of grains such as wheat and corn are grown as monocultures? This form of agriculture involves the growing of a single crop using the majority of the land. While it can increase yields which is vital for having large amounts of affordable food it also has some important disadvantages. Specifically, this form of food production results in the high use of fertilizers, loss of biodiversity, destruction of soil fertility, and environmental pollution. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer in excluding negative impacts of monoculture while keeping its benefits.


"Chew on This" is a new collaborative event brought to you by Duke Dining and Duke Nutrition Services where we look at how the food we choose affects our physical, mental and environmental health. "Food and mood connection and why we need carbs" is the topic at hand for March and we'll be sampling a variety of whole grain dishes in celebration of "National Nutrition Month!"

Read the article published by DUKE TODAY here!