Nutrition Quiz: Common Food and Nutrition Myths

When it comes to food and nutrition, do you know fact from fiction? Take this quiz and see.

1. If you eat after 8 pm you will gain weight.  True or False

2. Eating carbohydrates will make you fat.  True or False

3. Eating fat will make you fat.  True or False

4. Butter and margarine have about the same number of calories.  True or False

5. Olive oil contains less fat than other cooking oils.  True or False

6. Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than frozen. True or False

7. Which of these best describes when you should stop eating during a meal?

  • While you are still hungry
  • When you are satisfied
  • When your plate is empty
  • When you need to unbuckle your belt

8. Certain foods, like grapefruit, celery, or cabbage soup, can burn fat and 
help you lose weight.  True or False

9. Snacking is not good for you and should be avoided if you want to lose weight. True or False

10. Skipping meals can help with weight loss.  True or False.

 

Let’s see how you did!

1. If you eat after 8 pm you will gain weight.

False. It is not want time you eat that matters, but what you eat. A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, so if you eat more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight and if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight – no matter the time of day.

2. Eating carbohydrates will make you fat.

False, false and false! Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. Eating carbohydrates, such as fruits, veggies and whole grain, in moderation does not lead to excess body fat.  Eating to many calories is what leads to weight gain, not that it comes from carbohydrates.

3. Eating fat will make you fat.

False, false and false again! Eating fat does not make you fat. If you eat more calories than your body uses, then you will store these extra calories as fat. Fat should be consumed in moderation and it is a good idea to limit or avoid foods that are high in saturated fat and trans-fat while choosing healthier unsaturated fats.

4. Butter and margarine have about the same number of calories.

True. There are about 100 calories per tablespoon of stick margarine or butter. The difference is that margarine is made from liquid oil that is changed into a solid through a process called hydrogenation. This process adds unhealthy trans fats, which increase the risk of heart disease.

5. Olive oil contains less fat than other cooking oils.

False. Olive oil contains as much fat as all other oils.  However, olive oil does contain monounsaturated fats, a healthier alternative.

6. Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than frozen.

False. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often more nutritious than fresh because they are generally flash frozen right after they are harvested to lock in the nutrients.  Whereas, fresh fruits and vegetables nutrient levels drop the longer they are stored and not eaten right away.

7. Which of these best describes when you should stop eating during a meal?

  • While you are still hungry
  • When you are satisfied

  • When your plate is empty
  • When you need to unbuckle your belt

When you are satisfied! It takes about 20 minutes
for your stomach to let your brain know that
you have had enough to eat.  So remember to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied.

8. Certain foods, like grapefruit, celery, or cabbage soup, can burn fat and 
help you lose weight.

False. No food can burn fat!  To lose fat you need to burn more calories then you consume.  Your diet should consist of healthy fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and high fiber whole grains. Try to do some sort of cardiovascular exercise for 30 to 60 minutes a day at least 5 times a week and lift some weights at least twice a week.

9. Snacking is not good for you and should be avoided if you want to lose weight.

False. Snacking helps control hunger and may help reduce the amount of calories you eat at meals. Have snacks between meals if you are hungry or if the time of your next meal is over 4 hours. For example, if you have breakfast at 8 am and you know you won’t be having lunch to about 12:30 or 1:00 you should have a small healthy snack, that is no more than 100-200 calories, over 3 grams of fiber and/or less than 3 grams of fat, around 10:30.

10. Skipping meals can help with weight loss.

False. Skipping meals does not help with weight loss; in fact it may make you fat!  When you skip meals your body is not getting proper nourishment, so when you do finally eat your body starts storing the food you eat as fat.  In addition, your metabolism slows down to reserve energy, which is often called “starvation mode”.  According to the Weight-Control Information Network, when you skip meals you feel hungrier and that may lead to you over eating at your next meal.

 How did you do on the quiz?

Reference:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Weight http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Weight – it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/tools/

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Weight-Control Information Network: Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: How Much DO you Really Know? http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/Myths.pdf

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