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Food And Nutrition: Fact or Fiction

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - Hungry for the truth? Check your nutrition know-how by answering the following questions:

  1. Cheese can help prevent cavities.

    1. True
    2. False

  2. One cup (250 ml) of chocolate milk contains:

    1. The same vitamins and minerals as regular white milk
    2. No more sugar than a glass of unsweetened fruit juice
    3. 40% of a childís and 30% of an adolescents daily requirement for calcium
    4. All of the above

  3. The iron in meat is more easily absorbed than the iron in dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach.

    1. True
    2. False

  4. Popcorn is:

    1. A healthy snack
    2. A good source of fibre
    3. Popular with kids
    4. All of the above

  5. According to Canadaís Food Guide to Healthy Eating, eating 5-10 servings of vegetables or fruit a day meets a personís daily requirements. Which of the following provides the best nutritional value?

    1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
    2. Canned vegetables and fruit
    3. Frozen vegetables
    4. All of the above

Answers:

  1. True. In fact, studies have shown that cheese, with the exception of cream cheese, can actually help prevent cavities because it stimulates saliva production which can help dilute and wash away sugar.

  2. All of the above. Chocolate milk provides the same 15 essential nutrients as white milk. So to curb your chocolate craving, reach for milk.

  3. True - the iron in meats, wholegrain cereals and pastas is more easily absorbed than that found in dark, leafy greens, legumes and dried fruits. You can maximize iron absorption by eating dark-leafy green vegetables, legumes, dried fruits and tofu in combination with foods high in vitamin C.

  4. All of the above. Popcorn, when unsalted and unbuttered, is a dual-purpose snack - low in fat and a good source of fibre.

  5. All of the above. Frozen vegetables and canned fruits have essentially the same nutritional value as fresh produce and are an economical and easy-to-use alternative.


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