Thursday, February 21, 2013

Test Your Nutrition Knowledge!

Yes, I've caved. I'm going to start writing about nutrition more. But you see, it will give ME the excuse to do research, it it will give you a window into something I'm pretty passionate about. Which will motivate me a whole lot more to write. Plus, it's probably better for ya'll, because I really don't write as well about things I'm not interested in.

So, until I figure out how to use a camera (which is on my to-do list this week!) I'll start off with a quiz. Maybe ya'll will ace it. But I'm hoping there's at least something on here you didn't know.

1.) True or False: Honey is healthier than sugar.

2.)  True or False: If you want to eat healthier, you should cut out fat in your diet as much as possible, especially if you want a healthy heart. (who doesn't?)

3.) True or False: A whole apple offers more health benefits than apple juice.

4.)  True or False: Apples are the highest fiber fruits out there.

5.)  True or False: Chocolate = junk food. Try to avoid it as much as possible.

6.) True or False: Fiber has more functions than just promoting digestive health.

Well, how'd you feel? Are you ready to find out the answers? Oh, and these answers come from the American Dietetics Association, so I really am not just making them up, or relying on my iffy memory!

1.) False! Are you as shocked and disappointed as I was when I found this out? I thought surely it had to be. I mean, honey comes from bees, and sugar comes from factories, right? Actually, both come from nature. Sugar comes from Cane plants, and honey is made by bees. However, unless you get them in the raw, BOTH are processed,  and honey actually has more sugars per serving than sugar. It was a nice thought. :) But don't worry, both of these are just fine in moderation.

2.) Also FALSE! However, certain fats, like saturated and trans fat, DO lead to poor heart health. But, things like nuts, avocados, and olive and canola oils actually promote heart health. Getting enough of these is really important to stay healthy-- they decrease risk of heart disease AND diabetes!

3.) True. Apples have 6x as much fiber! The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" does not include apple juice!

4.) FALSE! Not even close. While they are a great source of fiber, Blueberries, Rasberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, and pears all come in on top in regards to fiber. 

5.) False again! Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can promote heart health. Woohooo! However, so do fruits, vegetables, and nuts, so don't make it your only go-to snack. 

6.) False again! While fiber does help your digestive system, it also can help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. In other words, fiber is very useful!

Basically, no food is "good" and no food is "bad" as LONG AS they are eaten in moderation. Praise the Lord!


  1. Love this!!! Funny, b/c mom and me had been talking about honey vs. sugar and she had the same conclusion as you. And I love the one on chocolate:) This stuff is so cool . . . keep posting it;)

    1. Oh good... I'm glad my info matches a credible (and incredible) source. (a.k.a. your mom.) :) I know... the one about chocolate was my favorite, too!

  2. I love your new look, Hannah!!!!! Lookin forward to new updates on nutrition. :)

  3. Wow, you definitely had me fooled on some of those! That's pretty encouraging to know overall, though. :)