Know Your Food Facts
It's national food month. Think you're up to speed on food, nutrition and health? Take the quiz below and learn more about better everyday eating.
It’s National Nutrition Month—think you’re up to speed on food, nutrition and health? Take the quiz below to find out. Then log onto eatright.org, a website created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and learn more about better everyday eating.
TRUE OR FALSE?
CARBS ARE THE MAIN CULPRIT IN WEIGHT GAIN.
FALSE. Eating a lot of any kind of food will make you gain weight, and the calories from carbohydrates—the primary source of energy for the muscles and brain—are not more fattening than calories from other sources.
MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF ALL CALORIES CONSUMED ARE SOLID FATS AND ADDED SUGARS.
TRUE. The latest dietary guidelines recommend eating fewer added sugars and replacing solid fats with vegetable oils (like canola and olive) and healthy fats found in plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds and avocados.
FROZEN FRUITS AND VEGGIES ARE AS HEALTHY AS FRESH.
TRUE. Although nothing tops New Jersey’s produce in season, research shows that frozen fruits and vegetables are as nutritious as the fresh stuff. So go ahead and shop the freezer aisle. Aim for 2½ cups of vegetables and about 2 cups of fruit each day.
MOST AMERICANS DON'T EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN.
FALSE. The recommended dietary allowance for protein is 46 grams a day for women, 56 grams for men. Because protein is in many of the foods we eat on a regular basis—meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, dairy products—most adults in the U.S. get more than enough protein to meet their needs.
SNACKING LATE AT NIGHT MAKES YOU PACK ON POUNDS.
FALSE. Although your metabolism slows down at night, there is no time of day when your body starts storing fat and stops digesting food. However, if you do nosh late at night, be sure to practice portion control and limit what you munch to 200 calories since you’ll be less active before you go to sleep.