What's Your Life Expectancy Based on Your Eating Habits?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

We all know how to eat healthily, don't we? You're supposed to have 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day if you're a woman, and 2,000 to 2,500 if you're a man. You should eat plenty of roughage and vitamins and minerals, and make sure you get five servings of fruits and vegetables a day at minimum. 

You should limit your protein intake to lean, healthy meats and good sources of protein like nuts, certain vegetables, and white meat. Processed sugar and saturated fat should be kept to a minimum, and alcohol intake should be no more than 14 units a week maximum, which means one pint of beer or two small glasses of wine per day. You shouldn't deep-fry... well, anything.

All that is easier said than done. It's not just that many of us are time-poor or live in a food desert. It's also that the ingredients a healthy diet involves tend to be more perishable and require more expertise to make them delicious. This is why, with the best of intentions, most of us come up short in at least a few areas - and we know we might be shaving years off our lives, but we can't always worry about that right this minute. 

Still, perhaps it's time to take stock and see just how many years - and even more importantly, how many healthy years - we're really risking?

How often do you get your five a day?

What color is the most frequently represented on your plate?

Soda: yay or nay?

Do you cook for yourself?

How often do you eat?

How much do you eat alone?

Do you ever eat while watching TV?

What's your idea of a good snack?

Do you hydrate?

You arrive home. You're very overheated. What do you really crave?

Is hummus good or bad?

How fast counts as fast food to you?

Do you consider yourself a foodie?

How far in advance do you plan meals?

How often do you eat meat?

What's your alcohol intake?

What's your cheese intake?

What vegetable, other than the potato, is the best vegetable?

What is the best way to serve a potato?

A vegan is coming over. What do you serve?

Could you go gluten-free for a day without missing it?

Do you ever eat the whole box of something without noticing?

Do you know what a healthy portion is?

Can you rough-count the calories on a plate by looking at it?

Do you ever lecture people about what to eat?

Have you ever lost more than 20lbs and kept it off?

If you're full but it's just delicious, how often do you keep eating?

Do you think it's rude not to clear your plate?

Do you know how to work with leftovers?

Are you a picky eater?

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