Eating healthy is about being an informed consumer. So with the bushels of misinformation out there about the foods you eat, eDiets decided to put together a Food Fun Facts Quiz to test your nutrition knowledge.
These true-or-false questions may shed a little light on some of the more misunderstood and mysterious foods, as well as their effect on your diet.
TRUE OR FALSE
All fats are bad, and following a low-fat diet is the best way to lose weight.
False: Fat is necessary for energy, especially for active and growing kids, for hormone function, vitamin absorption and transport. Fats add flavor to your food, but fat contains more than twice the calories -- per gram -- than protein and carbohydrates. Fat is more concentrated in calories, so to lose weight on a calorie-controlled diet -- you need to eat less fat.
Nutritionist Susan Burke, suggests you choose your fats wisely: "nuts, avocado, seeds and fatty fish contain immune-promoting monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids."
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False: While that is one benefit, fiber also helps to lower the risk for heart disease and cancer. Also, a diet high in fiber translates into increases in the intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods. Fiber helps fill you up, without adding calories. Foods high in fiber
are generally lower in calories, fresh and can help you maintain your weight loss, according to Susan.
Fresh vegetables are better than frozen.
False: In fact, frozen vegetables can be healthier than fresh depending on how long the fresh vegetables have been sitting in the market. Frozen vegetables are processed at their peak nutritional value, whereas it could take days, even weeks, for fresh vegetables to be transported. It could be even longer before you cook them. Health experts recommend you eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily -- fresh or frozen.
Tomato sauce is a better cancer fighter than raw tomatoes.