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To test your nutrition knowledge, answer the questions below as either True or False.
1. The more TV you watch, the more likely you are to be overweight.
2. Low-fat foods are always better.
3. Fiber isn’t important.
4. You need to watch portion sizes only when eating at home.
5. The outside aisles of the grocery store are the best places to shop.
TRUE. Studies have shown this to be true for children. It may also be true for adults. The problem may be lack of exercise. It may also be all the unhealthy snacking people tend to do when watching TV. Avoid eating in front of the TV, or reach for fresh fruits or vegetables. Better yet, turn off the TV and go for a walk instead.
FALSE. Just because a food is “low-fat” or “fat-free” does not mean it’s always a better nutritional choice. For instance, fat-free cookies have the same amount of sugar and calories, or often even more, than regular cookies. Read labels.
FALSE. High-fiber foods help keep your digestive system healthy. Try to get 25 to 38 grams of fiber a day. Also, remember to drink plenty of water to prevent constipation.
FALSE. Portion control is just as important when you’re eating out. Many restaurants serve extra-large portions. So, split your entree with someone at the table. Or ask for a take-home box. Then put half of your entree in it right away, before you start eating.
TRUE. This is where the fresh foods tend to be. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy. Processed foods are more likely to be on the inside aisles. When shopping these aisles, read labels extra carefully.