Quiz: Are you eating right?

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Which fats are better for you?

Unsaturated fats help keep the body's LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, levels down and reduce deposits in the arteries. Saturated fats increase blood cholesterol levels.

Which of the following does not contain unsaturated fats?

Butter contains only saturated fats.

Which of the following foods is least likely to raise your cholesterol levels?

Peanuts contain unsaturated fats, while the other choices are high in saturated fats.

Which of the following pairs of foods do NOT contain comparable amounts of cholesterol?

The odd couple of fruit and chicken is the winner. Fruit does not contain any cholesterol, unlike all the other options.

Which of the following should you avoid, to maintain a healthy water balance in your body?

Coffee is a diuretic, which causes frequent urination. Oftentimes, coffee replaces water as a daily form of hydration, resulting in a nagging pains due to the poor water balance.

To help lower blood pressure, which of these foods should you eat?

Potassium helps lower blood pressure and is found in vegetables and fruits, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans and bananas.

What are the three P’s for eating healthy on a budget?

PLAN meals and snacks for the week according to your budget; PURCHASE items that are only on your list; and PREPARE some meals in advance.

If you drink alcohol, you should do so in moderation. How many drinks per day are acceptable?

Men should drink no more than two drinks per day and women should only have one. One drink equals 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 1.5 ounces (44 ml) of liquor or 4 ounces (118 ml) of wine.

Which of the following is considered a whole grain and a source of low carbohydrates?

Whole grains, such as buckwheat, corn, brown rice and rye can be used in recipes to cut down on your carbohydrate intake.

What is the Glycemic Index?

The Glycemic Index tells you how fast certain foods raise blood sugar levels.

Which of the following is NOT a great food choice before exercising?

Avoid fatty snacks or fatty meals before exercising. Fatty foods may stay in your stomach for longer periods of time, resulting in the potential of nausea, dizziness and fatigue.

In order to maintain a healthy diet and weight, what should you pay attention to while preparing meals?

The bigger the serving, the more you'll eat. The USDA offers a list of standard serving sizes and guidelines for how many servings you should eat from each food group each day.

Acids form in your mouth every time a sugary snack is consumed. How long does this acid continue to affect your teeth after eating?

The damaging acids continue to rest on your teeth for at least 20 minutes before they begin to neutralize.

Which of the following minerals can be used to balance blood sugar and wean sugar cravings?

Studies have shown that chromium helped lower sugar cravings. Chromium is found in romaine lettuce and onions, among other foods.

Which of the following is composed of 15 to 20 percent fat?

Ground beef is composed of about 20 percent of fat and sometimes more. Use other protein sources such as ground turkey or ground chicken.

Which of the following is a result of lack of protein in our diet?

A lack of protein can slow growth, weaken the heart and reduce muscle mass.

Which of the following foods is found to prevent eye disease?

Fish and shellfish contain zinc, which helps prevent of eye disease.

You should limit sodium intake to how much per day?

Try to limit your salt intake to 1,500 to 2,300 mg or one teaspoon per day. Eating too much salt can lead to many health problems including high blood pressure.

To avoid trans fat, you should use what on your salads?

Use healthy oils, like olive oil, instead of the fatty dressings to avoid trans fat.

What visual guide is used as a healthy outline of what to eat each day?

The Food Guide Pyramid is a general guide that illustrates a variety of foods to get much needed nutrients to maintain a healthy diet and weight.

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