Quiz: Are you eating right?

By: DiscoveryHealth.com writers & Sharita Sykes

Diet is a key risk factor for heart disease and one of the easiest to change, with a little knowledge. Take our healthy diet quiz to see how well you do.
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Question 1 of 20

Which fats are better for you?
unsaturated fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated
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.
saturated fats
They have the same effect on your health.

Question 2 of 20

Which of the following does not contain unsaturated fats?
safflower oil
olive oil
Butter contains only saturated fats.


Question 3 of 20

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.

Question 4 of 20

Which of the following pairs of foods do NOT contain comparable amounts of cholesterol?
shrimp and crayfish
lean beef and fish
fruit and chicken
The odd couple of fruit and chicken is the winner. Fruit does not contain any cholesterol, unlike all the other options.


Question 5 of 20

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.
orange juice

Question 6 of 20

To help lower blood pressure, which of these foods should you eat?
tomato sauce
lima beans
Potassium helps lower blood pressure and is found in vegetables and fruits, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans and bananas.
All of these foods would help lower blood pressure.


Question 7 of 20

What are the three Pā€™s for eating healthy on a budget?
purchase, prepare, preserve,
plan, purchase, prepare
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.
plan, prepare, preserve

Question 8 of 20

If you drink alcohol, you should do so in moderation. How many drinks per day are acceptable?
one for men; one for women
one for men; two for women
two for men; one for men
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.


Question 9 of 20

Which of the following is considered a whole grain and a source of low carbohydrates?
white flour
Whole grains, such as buckwheat, corn, brown rice and rye can be used in recipes to cut down on your carbohydrate intake.

Question 10 of 20

What is the Glycemic Index?
a list of all sugary foods
a guide that creates a meal plan based on your weight
a guide that ranks carbohydrates levels according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels
The Glycemic Index tells you how fast certain foods raise blood sugar levels.


Question 11 of 20

Which of the following is NOT a great food choice before exercising?
low-fat snack
fatty meal
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.
a meal with a moderate amount of protein

Question 12 of 20

In order to maintain a healthy diet and weight, what should you pay attention to while preparing meals?
serving sizes
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.
color of the food
serving temperature


Question 13 of 20

Acids form in your mouth every time a sugary snack is consumed. How long does this acid continue to affect your teeth after eating?
five minutes
15 minutes
20 minutes
The damaging acids continue to rest on your teeth for at least 20 minutes before they begin to neutralize.

Question 14 of 20

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.


Question 15 of 20

Which of the following is composed of 15 to 20 percent fat?
ground turkey
ground beef
Ground beef is composed of about 20 percent of fat and sometimes more. Use other protein sources such as ground turkey or ground chicken.
ground chicken

Question 16 of 20

Which of the following is a result of lack of protein in our diet?
slow growth
weakened heart
reduced muscle mass
all of the above
A lack of protein can slow growth, weaken the heart and reduce muscle mass.


Question 17 of 20

Which of the following foods is found to prevent eye disease?
Fish and shellfish contain zinc, which helps prevent of eye disease.

Question 18 of 20

You should limit sodium intake to how much per day?
one teaspoon
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.
one tablespoon
one cup


Question 19 of 20

To avoid trans fat, you should use what on your salads?
low fat ranch dressing
olive oil
Use healthy oils, like olive oil, instead of the fatty dressings to avoid trans fat.

Question 20 of 20

What visual guide is used as a healthy outline of what to eat each day?
Food Guide Pyramid
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.
The Proportion Placemat
The Food F.I.L.E.


You scored:
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