QUIZ - How Much Do You Know About Nutrition?

2:30 PM Posted by Jamie

I was at the store yesterday and I was looking through the health, diet and exercise magazines and found a quiz in the September/October issue of Pilates Style.  Unfortunately they do not seem to have this issue online, so here it is, straight from the magazine:


  1. Antioxidants are:
    A. vitamins that fight free radicals
    B. minerals that run metabolism
    C. vitamins that help prevent aging
    D. both A and C

  2. Examples of antioxidants are:
    A. vitamins C, E; beta-carotene
    B. calcium, potassium, phosphorus
    C. protein, carbohydrates, fats
    D. vitamins A and D

  3. True or False:
    The body requires a certain amount of dietary fat.

  4. Cholesterol is:
    A. a waxy, fatlike substance that occurs naturally throughout the body
    B. manufactured by the body
    C. taken into the body through food
    D. all of the above

  5. The acceptable cutoff level for total cholesterol is:
    A. 220 mg/dL
    B. 200 mg/dL
    C. 180 mg/dL
    D. 160 mg/dL

  6. Even more important than the amount of cholesterol is:
    A. ("bad") LDL under 120
    B. ("high") HDL over 60
    C. a total cholesterol-to-HDL ratio of 3.5:1
    D. all of the above

  7. True or False:
    Plants do not contain cholesterol.

  8. The recommended daily intake of fiber is:
    A. 25-38 grams
    B. 5-10 grams
    C. 15-25 grams
    D. 38-50 grams

  9. The best source of dietary fiber is:
    A. wild salmon
    B. prunes
    C. a carrot muffin
    D. nonfat yogurt

  10. The glycemic index (GI) tells us:
    A. how many calories a gram of fat contains
    B. how quickly carbs are broken down into sugar
    C. how much fat individual foods contain
    D. how quickly you burn fat

  11. Which has the most vitamin C?
    A. an 8-oz. glass of orange juice
    B. a kiwifruit
    C. 1/2 red bell pepper
    D. 8 oz. cantaloupe

  12. ________ contains the most protein:
    A. a 6-oz. chicken breast
    B. 1 cup cooked rice and beans
    C. 4 oz. tempeh
    D. 6 oz. salmon

  13. ________ contains the most calcium:
    A. 8 oz. yogurt
    B. 8 oz. cooked kale
    C. 4 oz. cooked broccoli
    D. 4 oz. cooked lean beef

  14. To be absorbed, calcium must be accompanied by:
    A. caffeine
    B. iron
    C. magnesium and vitamin D
    D. all of the above

  15. Vegans can't get adequate supplies of ________ from dietary sources:
    A. protein
    B. calcium
    C. B12
    D. all of the above

  16. The ideal pH balance for a human is:
    A. 7.0
    B. 14-14.985
    C. 7.35-7.45
    D. 0-1

  17. Seitan is made from:
    A. quinoa
    B. soy
    C. corn
    D. wheat

  18. Omega-3s are:
    A. not essential to humans
    B. essential fatty acids
    C. generally good fats
    D. generally bad fats

  19. Which does NOT contain significant levels of Omega-3s?
    A. fatty fish
    B. wild mushrooms
    C. English walnuts
    D. flaxseeds

  20. On average, a human being can live _____ days without food, _____ without water?
    A. 3, 3
    B. 5, 10
    C. 20, 1
    D. 30, 4

Please send a comment with your answers and tomorrow I will post the answers!

Pilates Style thanks Karlene Karst, RD, for her information for this quiz.

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