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The Healthy Things That Aren't Quiz
by Staff
We make a lot of assumptions about what's healthy and what isn't. How much do you really know about so-called healthy foods and behaviors? Take this quiz to see if you can separate the good from the bad.

True or false: All products listed as "100 percent natural" are, in general, better for you.

  • true
  • false

Brushing your teeth as hard as possible has what effect?

  • excessive plaque
  • receding gumlines
  • less sensitivity to hot and cold

Which common sunscreen ingredient can be unhealthy?

  • octinoxate
  • zinc oxide
  • coconut scent

So-called light salad dressings are often loaded with what?

  • salt
  • sugar
  • both

Why are veggie pizzas not quite as healthy as they seem?

  • They have more cheese than average.
  • The veggies aren't fresh.
  • They lack pepperoni, a vital part of any diet.

To maintain a healthy weight, how many meals per day should you eat?

  • two
  • three
  • many smaller meals

About how much sodium does an average can of soup have?

  • 200 milligrams
  • 290 milligrams
  • 400 milligrams

What happens when you take higher-than-recommended levels of vitamins?

  • You urinate out the excess.
  • You get sick less often.
  • You are healthier in general.

Why is granola often a poor snacking choice?

  • It is too filling.
  • It is loaded with calories.
  • It has too much salt.

Sun exposure can damage your skin, but avoiding it altogether can lead to a deficiency in what vitamin?

  • vitamin D
  • vitamin E
  • vitamin B

Frozen diet dinners often contain too much of what ingredient?

  • fiber
  • salt
  • plastic wrap

Why does napping during the day have negative consequences for many people?

  • It makes it harder to concentrate later in the day.
  • It can worsen insomnia.
  • It messes with your melatonin levels.

About how many calories does a single serving of spinach artichoke dip contain?

  • 180 calories
  • 240 calories
  • 300 calories

Why are gluten-free products healthier than other products?

  • They contain healthier proteins.
  • They aren't necessarily healthier.
  • They contain no wheat.

BHA is found in crackers, beer, butter and other foods and may cause what?

  • cancer
  • stomach bleeding
  • lung damage

Which color of corn chips is healthiest?

  • blue
  • yellow
  • neither

What's a drawback of antibacterial soap?

  • It exposes you to unnecessary chemicals.
  • It can disrupt your body's hormone balance.
  • both

Why are doughnuts NOT a great choice for breakfast?

  • They don't contain enough carbohydrates.
  • They lack protein.
  • They aren't tasty.

Why is flavored fat-free yogurt NOT so healthy?

  • It has high sugar content.
  • It has high salt content.
  • It has almost no nutrients.

What do many bottled waters fail to list on their labels?

  • salt content
  • water treatment history
  • nutrients

Deli turkey meat often has levels of this substance, which is hard on your heart.

  • sugar
  • nitrates
  • fat

What makes diet soda less than healthy for your body?

  • It has too many calories.
  • It triggers insulin and weight gain.
  • Its sweeteners can rot your teeth.

What potentially life-threatening ingredient do many manufacturers add to dried fruit?

  • titanium dioxide
  • sulfur dioxide
  • aspartame

How does skipping meals, such as breakfast, help a weight-loss plan?

  • It lowers calories.
  • It helps burn sugar in your body.
  • It really doesn't.

What ingredient do enhanced waters often include in excess?

  • sugar
  • potassium
  • vitamin C

Diet soda might lead to how much of an increase in metabolic syndrome?

  • 13 percent
  • 28 percent
  • 36 percent

How many calories are there in a 40-ounce (1,134-gram) Smoothie King Greek Yogurt Peach Papaya smoothie?

  • 680 calories
  • 810 calories
  • 930 calories

How long should you wait to brush your teeth after a meal?

  • Do it immediately.
  • 10 minutes
  • 30 minutes

What makes for a good snack after a hard workout?

  • trail mix
  • a protein bar
  • low-sodium jerky

What is the optimum number of showers per day to maintain hygiene?

  • one
  • two
  • three