Hats Off to National Nutrition Month!

To celebrate, the Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Interns at Tufts Medical Center teamed up to present  "Myth Busters: Fact vs. Fiction of Carbs, Protein and Fats."
Renee, one of the intern coordinators, answers questions at the Carbohydrate Table.
Due to the hard work of the planning committee (applause to Renee, Nikita, and Nathalia!), the event featured a fabulous line-up including food displays, a Trader Joe's raffle, and Black Bean Brownie samplers.  
Myth Busters:
Our event featured an interactive "Nutrition Myth Busters" quiz, written by dietetic interns Nikita and Renee.  Here's a teaser of some questions.
1.     True or False?  Protein's main purpose is to build muscle.  False!  Protein has a myriad of functions, including building cells, repairing cells, supporting the immune system, providing lasting energy when consumed with carbs, maintaining muscle mass, and strengthening hair, nails, and skin.
2.    True or False?  Honey is more nutritious than other sugars.  False!  You would have to eat a minimum 1/4 cup of honey to get any other type of nutrient other than carbohydrate.
3.    True or False? Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.  False!  A high sugar diet does not cause diabetes.  The biggest risk factor for diabetes is being overweight.  However if someone is diagnosed with diabetes, sugar and carbohydrate intake does have to be kept in check to manage blood sugar levels.
4.    True or False?  The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans consume 20-30% of calories from fat.  True!
5.    True or False? All saturated fat is bad for you.  False!  One saturated fat, stearic acid, has been shown to have a neutral effect on LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and can increase HDL (healthy) cholesterol a boost.  Stearic acid is abundant in beef and chocolate.
Black Bean Brownies
Never before has nutrition occupied such a large slice of public attention.  This month the American Dietetic Association's national slogan is "Eat Right with Color," a tribute to the health benefits of a varied diet.  Aim to color your plate with a rainbow of whole grains, lean proteins, healthful fats, fruits, and vegetables.  Enjoy the palette of nutrients found only within whole foods.

Hats off to wholesome eating and healthful living!
How are you celebrating National Nutrition Month?
-Rachel
I'm Blogging National Nutrition Month

10 comments:

elizabeth said...

I have never been able to make black bean brownies turn out right-way to go!

Renee! said...

this is AMAZING!!!!!! :) i love you, friend.

Kara said...

love this! way to promote NNM at Tufts!

Kristy said...

Happy Nutrition Month, Rach!!

Rachel said...

thanks! It was a fun day, and well received by the Tufts community.

Emily said...

looks like a great NNM celebration! How did the black bean brownies turn out?!

MelindaRD said...

Sounds like an awesome booth for NNM. I miss working in a hospital because I miss all the fun stuff we did for NNM.

Meredith (Pursuing Balance: Diary of a Dietetic Intern) said...

oh my gosh, our brains are obviously linked! my booth for our nutrition fair is also called "mythbusters" and i also have a true/false quiz for patients and employees!!!

Kasey said...

What a great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month!

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Disclaimer. I am not a Registered Dietitian yet. I provide nutrition information intended for the general public, not for the treatment of a specific medical condition. I try to use scientific research and reliable sources when forming my opinions and messages.
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