The Healthy Things That Aren't Quiz

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The Healthy Things That Aren't Quiz
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We make a lot of assumptions about what's healthy and what isn't. How much do you really know about so-called healthy foods and behaviors? Take this quiz to see if you can separate the good from the bad.
True or false: All products listed as "100 percent natural" are, in general, better for you.
true
false
Read the labels before you buy instead of simply choosing a product for its marketing appeal.

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Brushing your teeth as hard as possible has what effect?
excessive plaque
receding gumlines
Brushing too hard can cause receding gumlines. A lighter touch is better for your teeth and mouth.
less sensitivity to hot and cold

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Which common sunscreen ingredient can be unhealthy?
octinoxate
It is considered a potential health hazard, and it affects your body long after you've left the beach.
zinc oxide
coconut scent

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So-called light salad dressings are often loaded with what?
salt
sugar
both
Overdosing on salt and sugar offsets any benefits of light dressings.

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Why are veggie pizzas not quite as healthy as they seem?
They have more cheese than average.
Restaurants often pack on the cheese to add substance to these veggie dishes.
The veggies aren't fresh.
They lack pepperoni, a vital part of any diet.

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To maintain a healthy weight, how many meals per day should you eat?
two
three
Diet plans often stress eating numerous small meals, but some studies show that this can actually backfire. You should eat about three meals per day.
many smaller meals

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About how much sodium does an average can of soup have?
200 milligrams
It has about 200 milligrams of sodium. Crazy-high levels of salt make many canned soups an unhealthy option.
290 milligrams
400 milligrams

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What happens when you take higher-than-recommended levels of vitamins?
You urinate out the excess.
Your body will do away with many excess vitamins, but in some cases they can be toxic.
You get sick less often.
You are healthier in general.

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Why is granola often a poor snacking choice?
It is too filling.
It is loaded with calories.
High sugar content makes granola a calorie-heavy option.
It has too much salt.

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Sun exposure can damage your skin, but avoiding it altogether can lead to a deficiency in what vitamin?
vitamin D
Moderate sun exposure provides vitamin D and is vital to bone and muscle development.
vitamin E
vitamin B

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Frozen diet dinners often contain too much of what ingredient?
fiber
salt
They often have too much salt. You're far better off eating fresh foods and regulating your portions.
plastic wrap

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Why does napping during the day have negative consequences for many people?
It makes it harder to concentrate later in the day.
It can worsen insomnia.
Naps can be refreshing from time to time, but they can also worsen insomnia.
It messes with your melatonin levels.

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About how many calories does a single serving of spinach artichoke dip contain?
180 calories
240 calories
300 calories
The fat and sodium levels make this a poor way to ingest your green veggies

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Why are gluten-free products healthier than other products?
They contain healthier proteins.
They aren't necessarily healthier.
For many companies, the gluten-free fad has a lot do with marketing and profiteering.
They contain no wheat.

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BHA is found in crackers, beer, butter and other foods and may cause what?
cancer
It's best to avoid butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) if you can.
stomach bleeding
lung damage

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Which color of corn chips is healthiest?
blue
yellow
neither
No matter the color, corn tortilla chips have similar levels of salt, fat and calories.

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What's a drawback of antibacterial soap?
It exposes you to unnecessary chemicals.
It can disrupt your body's hormone balance.
both
Plus, it doesn't do anything to stop viruses, which cause many of our handwashing-related health problems

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Why are doughnuts NOT a great choice for breakfast?
They don't contain enough carbohydrates.
They lack protein.
They aren't healthy in general, but the lack of protein means you'll just have an energy crash shortly after you eat one.
They aren't tasty.

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Why is flavored fat-free yogurt NOT so healthy?
It has high sugar content.
One serving could have 15 or more grams of sugar.
It has high salt content.
It has almost no nutrients.

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What do many bottled waters fail to list on their labels?
salt content
water treatment history
Many don't list water treatment history. In some cases your tap water is actually purer than the bottled stuff.
nutrients

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Deli turkey meat often has levels of this substance, which is hard on your heart.
sugar
nitrates
Deli meat often has nitrates and is not always as healthy as people want to believe.
fat

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What makes diet soda less than healthy for your body?
It has too many calories.
It triggers insulin and weight gain.
It seems counterintuitive, but diet sodas can lead to unwanted weight gain.
Its sweeteners can rot your teeth.

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What potentially life-threatening ingredient do many manufacturers add to dried fruit?
titanium dioxide
sulfur dioxide
Sulfur dioxide is used as a preservative but can cause dangerous reactions in allergic consumers.
aspartame

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How does skipping meals, such as breakfast, help a weight-loss plan?
It lowers calories.
It helps burn sugar in your body.
It really doesn't.
It doesn't really help. You're better off eating regularly to avoid swings in body chemistry.

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What ingredient do enhanced waters often include in excess?
sugar
They often include too much sugar. Sticking with regular old water is the best choice.
potassium
vitamin C

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Diet soda might lead to how much of an increase in metabolic syndrome?
13 percent
28 percent
36 percent
It may lead to a 36 percent increase in metabolic syndrome, and it may trigger Type 2 diabetes.

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How many calories are there in a 40-ounce (1,134-gram) Smoothie King Greek Yogurt Peach Papaya smoothie?
680 calories
There are 680 calories in it. Smoothies, especially from retail stories, are notorious for their caloric punch.
810 calories
930 calories

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How long should you wait to brush your teeth after a meal?
Do it immediately.
10 minutes
30 minutes
You should wait 30 minutes. Let your saliva neutralize acids in your mouth before brushing — it will preserve your enamel.

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What makes for a good snack after a hard workout?
trail mix
a protein bar
low-sodium jerky
Many protein bars and trail mixes are chock-full of calories and sugar, but a low-sodium jerky can help your body recover.

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What is the optimum number of showers per day to maintain hygiene?
one
Actually, even one may be pushing it. Showering too often can be hard on your skin and hair.
two
three

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