A well-balanced diet is a cornerstone of good health. And while you probably
know that a diet rich in whole foods and low on processed goods is ideal,
how much do you really know about nourishing your body for lifelong wellness?
Take this quiz and put your nutritional knowledge to the test:
1. True or false: It's OK to overeat healthy foods.
2. Which of the following is a good plant-based source of protein?
b. Coconut milk
c. Whole-wheat bread
d. All of the above
3. Tissue inflammation in your body can lead to a host of health problems.
Which one of these foods is known for its anti-inflammatory properties?
c. Orange juice
4. Name the spice that is good for your gastrointestinal health and is
traditionally used to ease stomach problems.
5. How are calories listed on nutrition labels?
a. By container
b. By serving
c. By weight
6. If a processed food with multiple ingredients is labeled organic, how
much of its content must be certified organic?
a. 95 percent
b. 90 percent
c. 75 percent
7. The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium consumption
to how many milligrams per day?
8. The recommended amount of sugar that can be safely eaten each day is
25 grams. How much sugar do Americans eat each day, on average?
a. 36 grams
b. 64 grams
c. 88 grams
9. True or false: A good diet maintains bacteria that helps the body operate properly.
10. Why are flax seeds, walnuts, salmon and green leafy veggies good for
a. They have a special antioxidant that works on the hypothalamus
b. They are low in calories
c. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
11. Which is NOT a benefit of a fiber-rich diet?
a. It helps lungs function properly
b. It protects bones from breaking
c. It controls blood sugar
12. Complete this sentence: The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
focuses on _________:
a. Healthy eating patterns
b. Curbing cholesterol
c. Eating five to six small meals a day
1. Answer: False. Overeating is the leading cause of obesity in America, and
that goes for overeating healthy foods, too, as studies show Americans tend to consume them in larger portions
2. Answer: d. They have 13, 5 and 4 grams, respectively, of protein per serving. These foods,
among others, are a good way to get protein into your diet as an alternative to beef,
poultry and other meats.
3. Answer: b. Cashews and other nuts have antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that can help
4. Answer: Ginger. It helps relieve gas and nausea, and assists the body in digesting food
faster, which makes it
good for gut health.
5. Answer: b. That's why it's important to
understand food labels--a package may contain multiple servings, so you need to know the portion
size and the calorie count per serving.
6. Answer: a. Like whole foods such as produce and meat, manufactured foods must meet
certain criteria to be
7. Answer: b. Too much sodium can elevate blood pressure levels, which can lead to many
diseases. Limit your consumption of
high-sodium foods such as soup and cold cuts.
8. Answer: c. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure--these are all problems that
can stem from eating too much of the sweet stuff. That's why it's
crucial to look for
hidden sugars on food labels.
9. Answer: True. Keeping a balance of
good bacteria in the body with certain foods can help keep your immune system strong,
prevent disease, eliminate toxic waste, and guard against obesity, among
10. Answer: c. Studies show that omega-3s have a positive effect on
11. Answer: b.
Fiber does a body good, so make sure to get the recommended amount each day (between 21 and 38
grams, depending on your age).
12. Answer: a. Healthy eating patterns refer to your eating habits over the course of
a lifetime. To see how to develop those patterns, click
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.