How much do you really know about the food you’re eating?

We all think we know what we eat, but do we? How much do you really know about your food?

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#1. Carbohydrates are more fattening than fats and protein.

Carbohydrates and protein have the same number of calories per ounce (120); fats have twice as many (270).

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#2. Children who are still growing are the only ones who need the nutrients found in milk.

People of all ages need the important nutrients – protein, calcium, Vitamin D, and Riboflavin – that are found in milk and other foods.

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#3. All calories beyond what the body needs is stored as fat.

Some calories are stored in the body as muscle fuel. It is less likely to be stored as fat if you exercise and use up fuel.

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#4. A fat baby is a healthy baby.

A fat baby is more likely to become a fat adult with an increased risk of heart trouble, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

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#5. Exercise can help you to lose weight by decreasing your appetite.

Exercise burns up calories, helps develop muscles, and usually decreases one’s appetitie.

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#6. Fats are fats; all types of fat are equally bad for you.

There are different kinds of fat. Fats in vegatable and olive oil are better than lard (meat fats.)

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#7. A variety of foods from all the groups in the Food Pyramid is a good way to ensure a well-balanced diet.

A variety of foods chosen from the grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, milk, meats & beans

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#8. You must eat 3,500 calories to gain one pound of weight.

You must also burn up 3,500 calories to lose one pound of weight.

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#9. Fasting (not eating) is a good, safe way to lose weight.

Fasting is unsafe and should be done only under a doctor’s care. The best way to lose weight is to change your food habits, eat smaller portions, and exercise more.

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#10. The way food is prepared and cooked makes a difference in how many calories it has.

Breading and frying foods increases the number of calories in foods; baking, broiling, grilling, and boiling usually does not.

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