A Springtime Nutrition Quiz

Spring is here, and whether or not you have stuck to your New Year’s
Resolutions, May is a perfect time to reasses your nutrition goals,
knowledge, and test your nutrition IQ.

1. In addition to salmon, which of the following is another rich source of omega-3 fats:

How many servings of whole grain foods should people consume daily:

Americans tend to underestimate the amount of food they eat by what percent:
25 percent
40 percent
50 percent
75 percent

True or False: Excess carbohydrates, not fats, cause weight gain.

Which food has the least amount of calories:
a) 1 medium apple
b) 1 slice bread
c) 1 oz cheddar cheese
d) 4 California ripe olives


b- in addition to salmon, flaxseeds, and canola oil, walnuts are a rich source of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats may prevent arteries from hardening, lower triglycerides, prevent blood platelets from clotting and sticking to artery wall, and modestly reduce blood pressure. A serving size of nuts is about 1/3 cup.

b- it is recommended that at least half of our grain consumption comes from whole grains. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 servings of whole grain foods per day. A serving is ½ c brown rice, barley, whole-wheat pasta, oatmeal and 1 slice of whole wheat bread. Remember to read the 1st ingredient when buying breads and look for whole-wheat flour.

c- Americans tend to underestimate their food intake by 50 percent. This can be attributed to the growing portions of many foods. Packaged foods sold as single servings typically contain at least double.

False. The Low-Carb diet craze has really made many shy away from nutrient dense foods, such as certain fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A sedentary lifestyle along with too many calories leads to weight gain, not carbohydrates. It does not matter whether it is from carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. It is simply consuming too many calories.

d- 4 ripe olives contain 24 calories and they contain healthy monounsaturated fats. An apple is about 60 calories; 1 slice of bread contains approximately 80 calories and 1 oz cheddar cheese contains about 100 calories.

(More quiz questions can be found on http://www.eatright.org.)

Did you know that there is a difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Registered Dietitian:

The only credential nationally recognized as the food and nutrition expert. RD credential is earned following completion of academic training, a supervised 9-12 month internship program and successful passage of the nationally administered board exam. Educational background includes food science, biochemistry, human physiology, drug nutrient interactions, medical nutrition therapy, and individual and group counseling skills.
To maintain RD credential, RD must complete continuing education credits to remain knowledgeable in current practices.


In the state of Colorado, just about anyone can use the title of nutritionist or nutrition counselor, regardless of education and credentials. There are no requirements to use the title of “nutritionist.”