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.
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.
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.
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 www.cnpp.usda.gov
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.
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.
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 www.cnpp.usda.gov
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
searchable database of hundreds of healthful tasty recipes is
a) in your dreams; b) called What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing
Bowl; c) found at www.WhatsCooking.fns.usda.gov
. Answers: b, c.