CULN 380 introduces the principles of nutritional science in the preparation of food in order to maintain a healthy eating style. Students formulate menus that integrate healthy standards for the general public as well as special dietary needs. These standards are recommended by agencies such as the American Dietetic Association and the American Heart Association. Students will synthesize the principles of nutrition and basic cooking techniques to prepare recipes and menus that promote healthy eating. They will select and balance food nutrients, quality seasonal products, and appropriate portion size, while maximizing texture, color, and flavor.