How good is your nutritional IQ?

By VitaMist Ltd
on April 13, 2017

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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By Steve Moren
on September 17, 2015

These days it seems the whole world has gone kale krazy.  But is kale really the most super of all superfoods? The Centers for Disease Control doesn't think so. In fact, they don't even rank it in the top ten supervegetables.  Kale lands in fifteenth place, with a respectable 49.07 Nutrient Density Score.  Here's the CDC's top 15:

Rank Vegetable Nutrient Density Score
15 Kale 49.07

So, this means you can stop eating kale, right?

Closeup of Kale Leaves

Sorry kale haters, but 49.07 is still a highly respectable Nutrient Density Score.  Your biggest takeaway here is that kale is not your one stop shop for daily nutrients.  In fact, the healthiest (and most enjoyable) diets are those with a lot of variety.  So mix your kale with some other tasty greens, to ensure a healthy and happy diet!

 A Cautionary Kale:  Although it's in 15th place, kale is still action packed with nutrients, including a whopping 1180 times the recommended daily intake of Vitamin K.  People on blood thinners should consult their health care providers about what not to eat because greens like kale and spinach might be doing more harm than good!

14 Chives 54.80
Chives Grwoning in the WildEasily the healthiest topping you put on your baked potato (and arguably the only healthy topping you put on your baked potato). Allium vegetables, such as garlic, scallions, onions and leeks, have long been pushed for their beneficial properties, but chives just might be the healthiest of the bunch! Their potent flavor makes it difficult to consume a full serving of them, but sprinkling a little on your meals can add a flavor kick that's packed with vitamins and minerals.
13 Endives 60.44

Three Endives Lined Up in a RowAs far as green, leafy vegetables go, endives don't seem very green or leafy. That doesn't stop them from being packed full of nutrients, despite containing hardly any calories.  The endive the CDC is referring to here is the Belgian endive pictured on the right.

Endives are a great source of folate, vitamin K, choline, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as additional vitamins though they're found in much smaller amounts.

12 Mustard Greens 61.39

Bunch of Mustard Greens Against a Plain White BackdropMustard Greens have been shown to lower cholesterol, and they fall just short of collard greens and kale in this ability.  Like many green, leafy vegetables, mustard greens contain cancer-fighting agents, and they are second only to Brussels sprouts in glucosinolate, one such compound.

A terrific source of vitamins and minerals, and packing a strong peppery bite, mustard greens are great as a side dish or mixed in with other greens in a salad.

11 Turnip Greens 62.12

Basket of Turnips With Their Greens Still AttachedTurnip Greens can be rather bitter, but a major reason for this is the considerable amount of calcium they provide.  In fact, one cup of steamed turnip greens can provide 20% of your daily calcium requirements.  This is especially impressive when you take into consideration that calcium has far and away the highest daily requirement of all the micronutrients.

Calcium is not their only benefit, though.  Turnip greens still come packed with other minerals, vitamins, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

10 Collard Greens 62.49
Closeup of a Collard green leafSadly, cooking collard greens in bacon fat does not make them more healthy, only more fattening and delicious.  When cooking greens, the optimal method is always to steam them.  Boiling and other methods leach nutrients from them.  Heat tends to destabilize and destroy many vitamins, but the effect is not as pronounced when steaming vegetables.  In fact, steaming vegetables can increase the variety of helpful sulfur containing compounds.
9 Romaine Lettuce 63.48
Row of Lettuce Ready for Harvest

Everybody knows that romaine lettuce is far healthier than the relatively useless iceberg lettuce.  Or at least they do after reading that last sentence.  Romaine lettuce is a staple in most salads, so it's nice to see that this mild and fresh tasting lettuce is so nutrient rich.

Use romaine lettuce as a base for your salads, and then add other greens and herbs around it for a variety of exciting flavors.  Cilantro did not make this list, but it's still a very nutritious herb that pairs well with a little romaine.  Add in some leaf lettuce and one of the more "peppery" vegetables, such as mustard greens and you're off to a tasty and healthy start.  You don't need to rely on your vinaigrette to enhance the flavor of your salad!  Variety is the spice of life, after all.

8 Parsley 65.59

Plethora of ParsleyOne of the tastiest plants to make this list, parsley is the most popular herb in the world.  It's great as a seasoning or added to salads, but parsley can also be used in uncommon ways, such as adding it to a sandwich in place of lettuce.

Not just flavorful, parsley is noted for being rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and carcinogen neutralizing agents.  It has been also been associated with good heart health.

7 Leaf Lettuce 70.73

Leaf Lettuce CloseupLeaf lettuce is second only to Popeye's favorite in nutrient density among the most common green, leafy vegetables.  While spinach dominates in nearly every category, an NDS of 70.73 is nothing to sneeze at.  That's more than twice the NDS of broccoli.

Maybe parents should be telling their children to eat their lettuce, instead?

6 Chicory 73.36
Chicory on Burlap

The chicory family includes radicchio, escarole and cultivated dandelion (which has a more subtle flavor than the wild dandelion weeds).  The taste of each is similar, despite their differences in appearance, and each one is packed full of nutrients.

Beyond the usual vitamins and minerals, chicory is an excellent source of potassium, a valuable electrolyte.

5 Spinach 86.43

Spinach LeavesIt's no surprise to find spinach in the top five vegetable powerhouses.  A great source of calcium and vitamin K, spinach outstrips most green, leafy vegetables in nearly every nutrient category.

Long known for its versatility on the breakfast, lunch or dinner table, spinach is just as versatile as a nutrient delivery system.  Its well-rounded repertoire makes it a valuable addition to any meal.

4 Beet Greens 87.08
Beets with Greens at a Farmers Market

With the obvious exception of Soylent, most foods that end with the word "green" tend to be quite healthy, but none more so than beet greens.  The vibrant green colors of the leaves and deep reddish-purple of the stems and veins are our visual clues that these wonderful vegetables are packed with a variety of nutrients.

With a high concentration of iron, and more protein than most greens, beet greens contain sizable percentages of many of our daily requirements.  While their folate levels aren't overly impressive at 5% of the RDI, including one cup of beetroot with a serving of the greens can boost those levels to nearly 40% of the RDI.  Adding beetroots will also provide additional fiber, minerals, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

3 Chard 89.27
Swiss chard in a Variety of Colors

One of the prettier vegetables on the market, chard contains all of the carcinogen binding chemicals, bioflavonoids and phytonutrients we've come to expect out of our green, leafy vegetables, but with the addition of syringic acid.  Syringic acid is a nutrient that's been found to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Combine these amazing abilities with a nutrient density score of a whopping 89.27, and you've got yourself a vegetable that's not just pretty to look at, it's pretty darn good for you to eat it as well.

2 Chinese Cabbage 91.99
Chinese Cabbage

Like regular cabbage, only taller.  Oh, and also packed with an incredible amount of nutrients.  Chinese cabbage, or bok choy, contains very good amounts of 21 different nutrients.  This includes omega-3 fatty acids and even high concentrations of zinc.

Chinese cabbage is a great addition to any diet, but it's especially useful if you're looking for dietary sources of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories.

1 Watercress 100.00

And the Winner Is!

Watercress tops off the list at #1 with the unmatched nutrient density score of 100.  You don't hear a lot of talk about watercress outside of the nutritionally well informed, but it's long been known as a superfood.  Despite being very low in calories, it contains a wide variety of nutrients, without going overboard on the vitamin K as many green, leafy vegetables do.  In fact, watercress doesn't go all out in any single ingredient.  Where it shines is in its  jack-of-all-trades nature.

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