How good is your nutritional IQ?

26 fast True or False questions

(6 out of 10 people will get more than 10 wrong) 


True or False: Then Why?
1. Carbohydrates have more nutritional value than starches?
Starches are one type of carbohydrate; sugar are also carbohydrates. Both types are necessary for a balanced diet.

2. Eating less food makes the stomach shrink?
Stomachs do not shrink, appetites do.

3. If you start exercising regularly, you’ll eat more because you will feel hungrier throughout the day?
Studies show that inactive people who start a regular exercise program cut their food intake and are less hungry.

4. You’ll lose weight more quickly if you reduce your intake of fats?
The best way to lose weight is to reduce one’s intake of fats.

5. The speed with which you eat your food is irrelevant to your diet?
False !
It takes the average person 20 minutes to receive the signal from the stomach to the brain that he or she is full. If you eat rapidly, you’re apt to overeat before receiving the signal from the brain that your stomach of full.

6. It’s impossible to reconstruct a recipe so that it’s low in calories?
False !
It is often easy to reduce the calories in a dish if you consider all the ingredients. Substitute items such as low-calorie vegetable spray for shortening, skimmed milk for cream and artificial sweetener for sugar.

7. Milk is so good nutritional that you can’t drink too much of it?
• False !
Milk is good nutritionally, but it is high in calories. Five glass of homogenized milk equals 825. No food, no matter how good it is nutritionally, can be eaten in unlimited quantities.

8. Is it nutritionally better to eat fresh rather than frozen or canned fruit?
• False ! – SURPRISED !?!?!?
Frozen fruit is equal in nutritional value to fresh fruit. Due to modern canning processes, the nutritional value of water packed fruit is only slightly less that fresh, although it has a few more calories than fresh fruit.

9. Heating and toasting food decreases its calories?
• False !
Heating and cooking food does nothing to the calorie content.

10. As people get older they inevitably put on weight?
• False !
As you get older, your body’s basic energy requirements lessen and if you continue to eat as much as you did when you were younger, you will gain weight. However, weight gain is not inevitable if you reduce your food intake and exercise regularly.

11. White eggs have less nutritional value than brown eggs?
• False !
Whether an egg comes in a white shell or a brown shell, it is still an egg and has the same nutritional value.

12. The body uses more energy to burn calories from carbohydrates than to burn calories from fat, so carbohydrates are less fattening?
All calories are not equal and carbohydrates and protein calories are not as fattening as fat calories because it takes more energy to process them.

13. Spray vitamins are the best Delivery system to get your nutrition?
According to the physician’s Desk Reference and it’s ranked as the best way to take your Vitamins.

14. Too much meat tends to add extra pounds?
Meat is high in protein, but also high in fat and calories. Too many calories, no matter where they come from, add pounds !!!!

15. If you consistently feel weak or tired while dieting, it is just a normal results of cutting calories?
• False !
Just reducing calories does not cause fatigue. If you are feeling weak and fatigued, you may have cut your calories intake too severely (below 800 calories a day is considered unsafe without medical supervision) or your diet isn’t a balanced diet and you’re not getting all the nutrients you need. Stay away from fad diets when trying to reduce.

16. Drinking less water will relieve that bloated feeling and rid the body of water?
• False !
One of the ways to assist in eliminating excess fat and waste products from the system is by maintaining a liberal intake of water. Eight glasses a day is not too much. Water can also help reduce hunger by making you feel more full.

17. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice burn fat and so fat can be consumed in unlimited quantities?
• False !
All foods contain calories. There are no magic fat-burning foods or substances. Grapefruit juice contains approximately the same amount of calories as orange juice and should be consumed in moderation.

18. A few extra pounds is bad for your health?
• False !
Scientific studies have shown that otherwise healthy individuals, such as those without hypertension or disease, can carry as many as 10 to 15 extra pounds without adverse health effects.

19. Eating balanced meals is not important if a vitamin is taken daily?
• False !
Vitamins are supplements, but that’s all. It’s a misconception that you can eat an unbalanced diet and take a vitamin pill and not worry about it. A vitamin pill that has everything you need hasn’t been invented yet.

20. Beer has  little nutritional value?
• True !
It may taste good to you, but a 12 ounce can of beer is 151 calories and not much else. It has very few nutrients.

21. The most important part of any diet is protein, and any high or all protein diet is desirable?
• False !
The average person’s diet contains twice as much protein as is needed. Since many protein foods are also high in calories – red meat, for instance, because of its high fat content – a diet very high in protein can provide more calories than your body can burn. And, what doesn’t get burned turns to fat on your body.

22. A diet pill is very helpful diet aid?
• False !
Although diet pills may help some persons get started on weight loss, there’s no substitute for learning how to eat correctly. You must learn how to eat correctly for the rest of your life, not depend on diet pills.

23. Protein is protein – it does not matter what kind of food it comes from?
• False !
Proteins are made up of amino acids. There are 20 amino acids, nine are essential to health in adults. Some foods have all 9 of them and some do not. That’s why it is better to balance our diet with several protein sources rather than just eating one constantly. This is especially important on a vegetarian diet.

24. Most overweight people have glandular problems?
• False !
A very small percentage of overweight people have a glandular problem. The rest are simply eating more calories than they are burning.

25. Losing two pounds per week for more than two weeks is desirable?
• TRUE !!!!!!!
Two pounds per week is a very healthy weight loss rate. There is no problem with dehydration, muscle cramping and drastic lowering of blood pressure with light-headedness and feeling weak.

26. You should never skip a meal when you’re dieting even if you’re not particularly hungry?
• False !
It’s a myth. There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that one should eat when one is NOT hungry. That if you skip a meal when you are not hungry it will cause you to overeat your next meal. Of course, if you’re dieting, and you are hungry, you shouldn’t skip any meals, because the longer you wait, the more hungry you are going to get.

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