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February 27, 2014

Test Your Nutrition Know-How

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

March is National Nutrition Month. This year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Taste drives most food choices, and it's important to pick the most nutrient-rich foods you can every day. Test your nutrition know-how with this quick quiz!

1. According to MyPlate, the government's symbol for healthy eating, you should fill half your plate with the following:

a. Protein
b. Whole grains
c. Dairy foods
d. Fruits and vegetables

2. True or False? You must drink 8 glasses of water every day.

3. What is the body's preferred energy source?

a. Protein
b. Carbohydrate
c. Vitamins
d. Fiber

4. What is the minimum daily suggested intake for whole grains for children and adults?

a. 5
b. 7
c. 3
d. 4

5. Which vitamin is sometimes called the "sunshine vitamin?"

a. Vitamin C
b. Vitamin D
c. Vitamin K
d. Vitamin A

6. Which of the following nutrients are necessary for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth?

a. Vitamin B12
b. Calcium
c. Magnesium
d. Vitamin D
e. b, c, d

7. You need which of the following to provide amino acids to build cells, tissues, and muscles:

a. Carbohydrate
b. Thiamin
c. Protein
d. Fiber


1. d. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is linked to better overall health. Get in the spirit of Patrick's Day with our Spinach-Banana Smoothie  includes two servings of fruits and vegetables and nearly a full serving of Hood Milk!

2. False. Adults need at least between nine 10 13 eight-ounce cups of fluid daily, and it doesn't have to come from water only. Milk, 100% fruit juice, tea, and coffee are also sources of water and can help satisfying fluid requirements. Staying well-hydrated helps your body and brain function properly. 

3. b. Carbohydrates are the body's preferred energy source because they can be easily broken down into the type of fuel your cells need to function. Foods such as whole grain bread and cereal, vegetables, and beans are nutritious sources of complex carbohydrates, which provide a steady supply of energy. 

4. c. Experts recommend including at least three servings of whole grains in your daily eating plan. Whole grains are typically richer in fiber, vitamins, and minerals than refined grains such as white bread, white rice, and white pasta. Examples of a serving of whole grains include ½ cup whole grain cereal or cooked brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or quinoa, or 1 slice whole grain bread. 

5. b. Vitamin D is often called the "sunshine vitamin" because your body makes it in response to strong summer sunlight. Problem is, most people aren't exposed to enough sunlight to make the vitamin D they need throughout the year.  That's why it's important to consume foods rich in vitamin D, including Hood Milk, tuna, salmon, and fortified eggs, every day to get the vitamin D you need for strong bones and teeth.

6. e. Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D contribute to bone health, along with other nutrients, including protein. Most people don't get the calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D they need, putting them at risk for bone disease.  Hood Milk is a source of all four nutrients, and more, that you need for good health. 

7. c. Protein in food supplies amino acids, which your body uses to make cells, tissues, and other compounds that keep you alive. MyPlate suggests allotting about one-quarter of your plate with protein-rich foods, such as lean meat, poultry, and seafood, at every meal. MyPlate also recommends serving of dairy, also a source of protein, at each meal.




Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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