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The Ultimate Foods That Lower Cholesterol Quiz - Part I
by Staff
Lowering your cholesterol levels is in your hands. Diet changes can drastically improve your cholesterol health and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Take this quiz and find out how alcohol, fiber, fish, garlic and nuts can lower your cholesterol levels.

How is a moderate level of alcohol beneficial for your health?

  • It lowers your bad cholesterol.
  • It raises your good cholesterol.
  • It cleanses your liver.

In addition to decreasing risk of heart disease, alcohol in moderation decreases your risk of:

  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • Alzheimer's

What amount of alcohol is considered to be “moderate consumption”?

  • one drink per day for men and women
  • one drink per week for men and women
  • one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men

What part of French people's diet reduces their overall risk of heart disease?

  • red wine
  • red wine, fresh bread and cheese
  • red wine, fruit and vegetables

What are the health benefits of fiber?

  • Fiber improves intestinal health and prevents heart disease.
  • Fiber reduces blood pressure and moderates blood sugar levels.
  • both of the above

Which of the following foods contain fiber?

  • fruits, vegetables and legumes
  • milk, coffee and vegetables
  • both of the above

Which form of fiber is more effective for lowering cholesterol?

  • soluble fiber
  • insoluble fiber
  • digestible fiber

How does soluble fiber lower your cholesterol?

  • Soluble fiber controls the absorption of cholesterol.
  • Soluble fiber slows the digestive process.
  • Soluble fiber reduces the amount of bile reabsorbed into the intestines.

Increasing your soluble fiber intake by 5 to 10 grams per day will reduce your LDL cholesterol by _____ percent.

  • 1 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 10 percent

Which soluble fiber foods have been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol levels?

  • fruits and vegetables
  • oat bran, psyllium, oatmeal and barley
  • fruits and nuts

What component of fish is believed to help reduce cholesterol levels?

  • docosahexanoic acid (DHA)
  • eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
  • both of the above

Which fish have the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids?

  • salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna
  • sardines, anchovies and herring
  • both of the above

How should fish be cooked to ensure its nutritional value?

  • baking
  • frying with olive oil
  • grilling

How often should the average person eat fish per week?

  • once per week
  • twice per week
  • three times per week

What amount of DHA and EPA should be consumed per day by someone with heart disease?

  • 0.5 grams
  • 1 gram
  • 2 grams

In what form is garlic considered to be the most medicinal?

  • raw
  • dried
  • cooked

Garlic can reduce cholesterol by _____ percent.

  • 2 to 4 percent
  • 4 to 6 percent
  • 9 to 12 percent

Which nuts help reduce cholesterol?

  • almonds, walnuts and pecans
  • cashews and pine nuts
  • all nuts

How do nuts help lower cholesterol?

  • The unsaturated fat in nuts helps reduce cholesterol.
  • Nuts contain fiber, which helps lower cholesterol.
  • both of the above

What is the recommended amount of nuts that a person should consume for reducing cholesterol levels?

  • 1.5 ounces
  • 3 ounces
  • 6 ounces