Fitness and Exercise
Nutrition IQ (excerpt)
By Hut Allred
May 2, 2007
Most of you at one time or another has learned about the importance of eating
a well balanced diet. While most of us know how important it is to eat right,
the real question is, “What is the right thing to eat”?
How many of you really know what’s healthy and what’s not? Here are a few
questions and answers on nutrition that may surprise you. Test your nutrition IQ
and see how much you really know about eating a well balanced diet by seeing
if you know the answers to the following questions.
1. You can eat Fast-Foods when following a low-fat diet? True, many fast-food restaurants
now have menu that include foods for anyone watching their weight. Just remember to not
over do it and eat the appropriate size portion.
2. Would you consider pop-corn, pretzels, and apples to be an appropriate snack?
True, these are great snacks when eaten in moderation.
3. Do the new labels on foods give you a general idea of a food’s nutrient contribution
according to consuming 2,500 calories a day? False, the new labels give you the percent
daily value for 2,000 calories consumed daily.
4. You can eat a healthy meal when you eat out a lot? True, as long as you look for
foods that are backed, roasted, grilled, steamed or baked. Also try picking fish and lean
meats and ask for your salad dressing on the side instead of on your salad.
5. There are no ethnic foods that offer healthy eating choices. False, you should be able
to find something healthy no matter what ethnic the food is. Look for foods that are rich
in fiber and complex carbs and low in fat.
6. According to the food guide pyramid, fruit is the food group that you need to eat the
most of during the day? False: Fruit is 2-4 servings, Vegetables is 3-5, Meat, poultry,
fish, eggs, nuts, and beans is 2-3, and Dairy is 2-3 servings per day.
7. The best way to cut back on fat at home is to completely eliminate if from your diet.
8. You don’t have to count calories when you’re on a low-fat diet? False, even if your
limiting your fat intake, if you over eat, you will have trouble losing weight.
It’s a known fact that in order to live a happier, healthier life, it’s important to combine
proper nutrition with a routine of exercise. The problem isn’t knowing; it’s combining
these factors into your life and making it a habit, just like brushing your teeth. Knowing
and doing are two different things. Being aware that changes need to be made to your
daily nutrition in order to live a longer, healthier life is the first step in the right direction
to a better you.
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