Duke Dining

Nutrition & Dietary Information

Staying healthy and fit starts with eating right, and at Duke, there are plenty of healthy dining options available. Duke Dining is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with a variety of nutritious food choices on campus.

The Duke community includes people from all over the world with different tastes and eating habits. Our diverse offerings are among the reasons that Duke has been ranked as the best in the nation for healthy campus food, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Please visit Duke Student Health Nutrition Services for more information.

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If you have a qualified medical condition, you may request special dietary accommodations by filling out a request form.

These food items are made without the listed allergens to the best of our knowledge. Please know that with any large-food service corporation cross-contamination can occur and we ask that you notify the manager on-site of your particular allergy so that we can provide you with the best possible information.  We take food allergies seriously and will label to the best of our ability.

Food Allergy Guidelines
Food allergies can be mild to severe or even life threatening and therefore need to be taken very seriously. Nut, nut oil and shellfish allergies are particularly severe in nature, and identification of these allergens has been specifically targeted at Duke. In light of these concerns, all of the food establishments managed by Duke Dining Services on the Duke campus, are advised to adhere to these guidelines. Any and all foods containing nuts (of any kind), nut oils or shellfish must be labeled and easily identified. Pre-wrapped foods, by law, must identify food allergens on their labels. Managers must be knowledgeable about the ingredients in the dishes that are served on the menu. Anyone having any questions or concerns about these specific ingredients are therefore encouraged to speak to a food service manager to ensure that their food choices are safe. If a manager is not available, then there must be at least one other employee available who is knowledgable to check on the ingredients in the current menu items Anyone who has general questions about food allergies may contact, Dietitian Clinician, Toni Apadula, at 919-613-1218 or via email at toni.apadula@duke.edu or Franca Alphin at 919-613-7486 or via email at franca.alphin@duke.edu.



Balance Your Plate is an educational campaign, sponsored by Duke Student Health and Duke Dining, was developed to address the €œhow to of healthy eating at a glance. A plate that regularly reflects choices from all food groups, in moderate portions, is a practical and easy way to stay healthy and manage your weight.

A balanced plate consists of approximately 50-65% carbohydrate (fruits, vegetables and whole grains), some lean protein and healthy fat, as well as some low fat dairy, if you choose. Student Health Center dietitians work closely with Duke Dining to ensure that healthy menu items are a mainstream offering throughout the Marketplace.  

Why is a Balanced Plate so Important?
All food groups contain foods that make unique contributions to our wellness and overall health.

Grains: Whole grains are an excellent source of the B vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates for energy. Try and choose whole grain products and vary your choices each day for the most benefit.

  • Look for whole wheat bread, bagels, or tortillas at deli and bread stations.
  • Experiment with different grains when you see them €”bulgur, tabouli, quinoa and more.
  • Opt for whole wheat pasta or brown rice when available.

Protein: meats, poultry and fish are good sources of protein. But you can also get protein from milk, cheese, beans, soy and tofu. If you do not eat meat, you should try to consume plant or other protein at each meal (nuts or nut butter, tofu or other soy protein, dairy or eggs).

Fats: Yes! Your body needs fats to function properly. Some fats are better than others. Fish and nuts are good sources of essential fats that enable your body to work properly.  
Other sources of healthy fats can be found in olives, avocados, and heart healthy oils such as olive and canola oil (both of which are used in food preparation at Marketplace €”additionally chefs are trained to use less overall fat in cooking).

Fruits and Vegetables- About 1/2 of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables which provide vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and carbohydrates for energy.

Try and choose fruits and vegetables of different colors to ensure you receive the benefits of a variety of different vitamins and phytochemicals (plant pigments).

If you have any questions or concerns about your eating please contact a Student Health Dietitian at 919-681-9355.

Whether you're new to Duke or curious about what kind of dining options are best for you, there's always a dietitian to help point you in the right direction. In the videos below, Director of Nutrition Services-Student Health Franca Alphin answers some common questions posed to her by members of the Duke community.

Finding the Right Healthy Foods


Creating a Balanced Plate


Different Dining Options at Duke


Skipping Meals