March is National Nutrition Month!
Let’s start it out with a quick nutrition quiz to see how much you know.
Answer Fact or Fiction. Answers are below.
- Most Americans consume more than enough calcium, potassium, vitamin D and dietary fiber.
- Only people with medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, need to limit their intake of added sugars and salt.
- It’s a good idea to wash all fruits and vegetables, even ones with peels that may not be eaten.
- Drinking milk is the only way to meet the daily recommendation of three cups from the Dairy Group.
- A vegetarian diet can provide adequate protein for athletes.
- All carbohydrate foods, also know as “carbs”, are the same and provide no nutritional value.
- Using MyPlate as a guide, half the plate should include fruits and vegetables.
- All vegetables offer the same types and amounts of vitamins and minerals.
- Only foods that taste salty are high in sodium.
- A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you develop a healthy eating plan that is as unique as you are.
If you get 1-3 correct: March is a good time to brush up on your nutrition know-how! Food Services’ Registered Dietitian will be at Sadler Dining March 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to answer questions and offer some great nutrition tips.
4-6 correct: You are on your way to good health. Learn more this month with our National Nutrition Month posts.
7-10 correct: You are a nutrition wiz kid! Keep up the good work and share your knowledge this month while we celebrate National Nutrition Month.
- FICTION.The intake of foods that provide these important nutrients is less than what is recommended for most people in the United States. Including more fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy, and whole grains would help individuals get more of these nutrients that are needed for good health.
- FICTION. It is recommended that all Americans over the age of 2 limit sources of added sugars to less than 10 percent of their total calories.
- FACT. All produce should be washed under running water even if the peel will not be eaten. This is because dirt and bacteria can be transferred from the peel to the inside of the fruit or vegetable as it is sliced or peeled.
- FICTION. Yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, and fortified soy milk also count as a 1 cup equivalent from this food group.
- FACT. A well-planned vegetarian eating style that includes adequate calories and a variety of foods can meet the protein nees of athletes.
- FICTION. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. Many nutritious foods are sources of carboy=hydrate, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods provide vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber which can positively affect our health.
- FACT. MyPlate represents a meal that includes fruits and vegetables on half of the plate and the other half is divided to include grains and protein. To complete the meal, a serving of dairy is recommended.
- FICTION. Eating a variety of vegetables throughout the week, including beans and peas, dark green, red and orange starchy and other vegetables will provide a variety of important nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, zinc, potassium, folate, and iron.
- FICTION. While some foods may taste salty, others many not, and this can also vary based on the individual. Most of the salt we consume comes from foods that are already prepared.
- FACT. When it comes to a healthy eating routine, one size does not fit all, everyone is unique. Nutrient needs vary based on our age, activity level, sex, health conditions, and other factors. Registered dietitian nutritionist can provide nutrition advice to meet your goals. Students can schedule a nutrition appointment with a registered dietitian at the Barnes Center at the Arch.