This course has been developed to introduce students to the core components of food and how each relates to nutritional value. Emphasis is placed on the USDA Food Guide Pyramid and how the student can provide customers with nutritional well-balanced menu selections to encourage a healthy diet. The course will include a focus on the nutrients: fats, proteins, carbohydrates vitamins, minerals, and water as well as recipe modification with regards to certain diets. Attention will be given to nutritionally sound lifestyles, weight management and exercise, and current issues in nutrition. Upon completion, students will be able to understand, discuss, and implement nutritionally sound menu options as a feature of, in an addition to, traditional food service menu selections.