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The Ultimate Foods That Lower Cholesterol Quiz Part II
by Staff
Continue learning about the vast array of foods that help lower cholesterol. Take this quiz to find out how olive oil, plant sterols, psyllium and whole grains lower cholesterol and contribute to better health. Discover some more controversial supplements that claim to lower cholesterol, such as flaxseed, guggul, lecithin and policosanol.

There is a lower incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries compared to America. What is the difference in Mediterranean eating habits that contributes to better heart health?

  • lower sugar consumption
  • higher monosaturated fat consumption
  • lower monosaturated fat consumption

How much olive oil should you consume per day to lower your risk of heart disease?

  • one teaspoon
  • one tablespoon
  • two tablespoons

Besides reducing cholesterol levels, how else does olive oil benefit health?

  • It does not raise triglycerides.
  • It reduces overall consumption of saturated fat.
  • both of the above

How many calories are there in one tablespoon of olive oil?

  • 60 calories
  • 120 calories
  • 180 calories

What foods contain plant sterols and plant stanols?

  • fruit, vegetables and vegetable oils
  • margarine, salad dressings and snack bars
  • both of the above

How do plant sterols and stanols contribute to cholesterol health?

  • It raises HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • It lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • both of the above

What is the recommended daily intake of plant sterols and stanols for lowering cholesterol?

  • one gram per day
  • two to three grams per day
  • three to five grams per day

What is psyllium?

  • a natural insoluble fiber
  • a synthetic fiber
  • a natural soluble fiber

What food products typically contain psyllium?

  • cereals
  • bread
  • both of the above

How much psyllium should you eat per day to reduce your LDL cholesterol?

  • 5 to 6 grams per day
  • 6 to 8 grams per day
  • 10 to 12 grams per day

Which of the following are whole grains?

  • whole oats and whole wheat
  • brown rice and popcorn
  • both of the above

What are the health benefits of whole grains?

  • They protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • They protect against dementia.
  • both of the above

What heart healthy component can be found in flaxseed?

  • fiber
  • omega-3 fatty acid
  • both of the above

What foods, besides flaxseed, are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)?

  • walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil and leafy greens
  • peanuts, vegetable oil, olive oil and barley
  • both of the above

How much can you lower your risk of heart disease by consuming the recommended daily amount of flaxseed (1.8 grams for women and 1.4 grams for men)?

  • 15 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 45 percent

Why is guggul a controversial supplement for lowering cholesterol levels?

  • Guggul can actually raise LDL cholesterol.
  • Guggul has no proven effect on cholesterol.
  • Guggul lowers LDL cholesterol but also lowers HDL cholesterol.

Lethicin helps in the transportation of:

  • nerve impulse signals in the body
  • triglycerides and cholesterol in the bloodstream
  • both of the above

What are the health benefits of lethicin?

  • Lethicin helps to improve memory, arthritis and skin disorders.
  • Lethicin drastically reduces LDL cholesterol levels.
  • both of the above

Policosanol is a mixture of various compounds and is found in:

  • beeswax and wheat germ
  • sugar cane
  • both of the above

What is the recommended daily intake of policosanol for lowering cholesterol?

  • daily intake is not recommended
  • 5 to 40 milligrams per day
  • 40 to 80 milligrams per day