Quinn on Nutrition: A health quiz from the USDA Nutrition Policy center

June 29, 2015

According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), what group of Americans comes closest to following a high quality diet? a) actors in Hollywood; b) people who are 71 years of age or older; c) farmers in Nebraska. Answer: b. Measured by the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), people in the 71 years and older category tend to have the best diet quality of people in the United States.

What group of Americans is the furthest away from meeting recommended nutrition guidelines for health? a) Blue Man; b) tourists on a 10-day cruise; c) teens between the ages of 14 and 18; Answer: c. Teenagers tend to have lower healthy eating scores, say nutritionists at CNPP.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are a) a vast right wing conspiracy against doughnuts; b) recommendations on how to choose a healthful diet; c) based on the most current nutrition research. Answers: b, c.

What is the cost each year to feed a nutritious diet to a child born in 2013? a) It doesn’t matter; just give her what she wants; b) about $3000 c) less if you don’t live in a big city. Answers: b and c. Country kids cost less to feed well, according to the Cost of Raising a Child Calculator from the CNPP. Check is out at .

What is the number one food source of iron — a key mineral for growth and development and the transfer of life-giving oxygen in the body — in the American diet? a) Popeye-brand spinach; b) grain products; c) double bacon cheeseburgers. Surprise; the answer is b. According to 2010 data, more than 51 percent of the iron in our food comes from grain products that are often enriched with this essential nutrient.

What is the least amount of money needed to feed a balanced and nutritious diet to a family of four in the U.S.? a) $648 a month; b) $21 a day; c) about $150 a week. All are correct, according to calculations done monthly by the USDA.

Ideas on how to eat a nutritious diet for less money include a) invite yourself over to a friend’s house for dinner; b) buy smaller amounts of meat, fish and poultry; c) eat beans more often in place of meat. Answers b, c. Find other ideas in USDA’s Recipes and Tips for Healthy Thrifty Meals at .

SuperTracker is a) a big train in California; b) an online site that plans diets and helps you track your food and activity; c) now available as a phone app. Answers: b and c. Check it out at www. .

A free searchable database of hundreds of healthful tasty recipes is a) in your dreams; b) called What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl; c) found at . Answers: b, c.




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