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Test Your Knowledge: Short & Sweet Healthy Eating Plan Quiz

September 12, 2017

Online quizzes seem to be all the rage. They range from nonsensical ones (e.g., “What type of animal are you?”) to quizzes that are more serious (“What’s your knowledge of European history?”).

Thus, the time appears to be right to offer up a quick nutrition quiz here at SPLENDA LIVING®. You will not be scored; rather the intent is to improve your knowledge of some tips for a healthy eating plan. So here we go!

1.  The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend:

  1. Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars
  2. Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fats
  3. Consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day of sodium
  4. All of the above

2.  Per the Dietary Guidelines, a healthy eating plan includes:

  1. A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups – dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
  2. Fruits, especially whole fruits
  3. Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
  4. Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
  5. A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products
  6. All of the above

3.  Per the Dietary Guidelines, a healthy eating plan limits:

  1. Saturated fats
  2. Trans fats
  3. Added sugars
  4. Sodium
  5. All of the above

4.  The American Heart Association offers which of these tips to help you cut down on your added sugars intake?

  1. Toss the table sugar (white and brown), syrup, honey and molasses.
  2. Swap out the soda. Buy sugar-free or low-calorie beverages. Water is always the best choice.
  3. Eat fresh, frozen, dried or canned fruits. Choose fruit canned in water or natural juice.
  4. Non-nutritive sweeteners may be a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding more calories to your diet.
  5. Compare food labels and choose products with the lowest amounts of added sugars. Dairy and fruit products will contain some natural sugars. Added sugars can be identified in the ingredients list.
  6. All of the above

5.  Which ingredient is a non-nutritive sweetener (does not contain calories)?

  1. Agave
  2. Honey
  3. Sucralose (e.g., SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener)
  4. High fructose corn syrup
  5. Fructose

6.  For anyone who is struggling to curb cravings for sweets, which of the following is not a tip from the American Diabetes Association (even if you don’t have diabetes)?

  1. Foods and drinks that use artificial sweeteners are an option that may help curb your cravings for something sweet.
  2. Low-calorie sweeteners (also called artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes or non-nutritive sweeteners) can be used to sweeten food and drinks for less calories and carbohydrate when they replace sugar.
  3. You can eat as much added sugars as you want, as long as it is before lunchtime.
  4. Many foods containing low-calorie sweeteners provide some calories and carbohydrate from other ingredients. That means foods that carry claims like "sugar-free," "reduced sugar" or "no sugar added" are not necessarily carbohydrate-free or lower in carbohydrate than the original version of the food. Always check the nutrition facts panel.

7.  According to, to “Build a Healthy Eating Style” which guideline is the most important?

  1. Make healthy food and beverage choices from all five food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy to get the nutrients you need.
  2. Eat the right amount of calories for you based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level.
  3. Building a healthier eating style can help you avoid overweight and obesity and reduce your risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
  4. Choose an eating style low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  5. All are important.

Finished the quiz? Okay, grade yourself; the correct answers are below.

  1. D
  2. F
  3. E
  4. F
  5. C
  6. C
  7. E

How did you do?...

6 or 7 correct: You know what it takes to follow a healthy eating plan!

5 correct: Not bad, but hopefully now that you’ve read the correct answers you’re more comfortable with making healthy eating choices. Take the quiz again and improve your knowledge!

4 or less correct: We all have to start somewhere.  Click on the links in this blog to learn more about the healthy eating and healthy lifestyle recommendations by the experts.

I have been compensated for my time by Heartland Food Products Group, the maker of SPLENDA® Sweetener Products. All statements and opinions are my own. I have pledged to Blog with Integrity, asserting that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is vitally important to me.

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety

September 12, 2017  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Healthy Lifestyle


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