Nutrition Quiz – Popular Myths

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By: Apryl Thomas

You hear them from your friends. You even read about them on the Internet and in print. But can you separate fact from fiction when it comes to nutritional advice? Take this short quiz to find out:

1.  All carbs are bad for you True False
2.  A little chocolate a day is good for you True False
3.  All types of nuts should be avoided True False
4.  Don’t snack in between meals True False
5.  You should never eat after 8 p.m. True False
6. You can eat healthy and lighter at fast food restaurants True False

What are the Answers?  (no peeking)

1. False – “Carbs are a primary source for energy that we need for daily activities and exercise,” says Susan Frates, a  registered dietician in Boston.

“Be mindful of the type of carbs you consume. It’s easy to overeat carbs. Make sure that they are a part of a balanced diet, not the only thing you eat.”

2. True – Studies are showing that dark chocolates have antioxidants. Philadelphia-based registered dietitian and spokesperson for American Dietetic Association (ADA), Althea Zanecosky recommends about an ounce a day for a healthy benefit.

“Buy chocolate that is in user friendly form,” she advises. “Think miniature bars, or count out six Hershey kisses and put the rest away, so you won’t be tempted to overindulge.”

3. False – While nuts do contain fat, according to Abbie Derrick, R.D., L.D.N., administrative clinical dietitian at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., it’s mostly monounsaturated fat, which can help lower blood cholesterol.

“Different nuts pack a different nutrient punch, but walnuts, almonds, peanuts and pecans are your top nut sources of heart-healthy fats.”

4. False – Frates points out that snacking can be very beneficial. “Snacking prevents overeating. It helps keep your blood sugar even, as well as your energy and metabolism up.”

“It’s a snack, not a meal. Think small portions like fruit, yogurt, cheese stick, smoothie, and trail mix.”

5. False – Susan Hewlings, an assistant professor of health at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., says, “calories are the same regardless when you eat the meal.”

“It all depends on the calories that you take in. If you eat the same amount of calories that you would at 5 p.m. at 9 p.m. – that’s fine. It’s when you eat late, grab something convenient, and aren’t active afterwards that makes a difference.”

6. True – Jenny Dean, M.S., R.D., of Marr Barr Communications in Longmont, Colo., says not to be afraid to ask for modifications when it comes to ordering lighter fare at fast food restaurants.

“Ask for salad dressing on the side, or for low-fat or fat-free options. If you order a grilled chicken sandwich, ask for no condiments. Skip the fries that come with a meal and ask for a side salad or fruit option instead. If you like soda, order a diet soda or opt for tea, coffee or water instead.”

How Did You Do?

6 out of 6 Correct: Nothing can get by you, can it? You have no problem separating fact from fiction, no matter how true it may sound. You are on top of your nutrition game.

4 or 5 out of 6 Correct: Pretty good score. You know your nutrition myths, but maybe have surprisingly learned something new.

Less than 4 Correct: Don’t always believe everything you hear. Find out the facts. Changing your mindset can lead to a healthier lifestyle!

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