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Nutrition Education Series
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1. About how much of your plate should be fruits and vegetables?
The correct answer is ONE HALF (1/2).
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables” is a key nutrition message of MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. MyPlate is a visual reminder to make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
2. What are these?
The correct answer is ASPARAGUS SPEARS.
Asparagus is a vegetable that is a good source of vitamin K, which helps with wound healing because it helps your blood to clot.
3. Eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruit is good for you.
The correct answer is TRUE.
As a part of an overall healthy diet, eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits may reduce risk for heart disease, protect against certain types of cancer, and help lower caloric intake.
4. What vitamin gives carrots and sweet potatoes their orange color?
The correct answer is VITAMIN A.
Beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A, gives these foods their orange color, and is also good for eye health, the immune system, and reproduction.
5. Which of these is a subgroup of vegetables?
The correct answer is DARK-GREEN.
The subgroups of vegetables are dark-green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables. It is important to get a variety of vegetables from these subgroups because different subgroups have different amounts of vitamins and minerals. Broccoli, kale, bok choy, and romaine lettuce are examples of dark-green vegetables.
6. You should only eat raw vegetables because if you cook vegetables, all of the vitamins are “cooked away.”
The correct answer is FALSE.
Cooked vegetables still contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber and can be very nutritious – but remember that sauces or seasonings used in cooking can add calories, saturated fat, and/or sodium to vegetables.
7. What color vegetable should you eat the most?
The correct answer is A VARIETY OF COLORS.
Varying your veggies ensures you get many different vitamins and minerals.
8. Which of these foods is actually a fruit in plant biology?
The correct answer is TOMATOES.
n plant biology, a fruit contains the seeds of a plant. Though it is botanically a fruit, tomatoes count toward the Vegetable Group because we eat tomatoes in a similar way to vegetables (on sandwiches, in soups, in pasta sauces). Likewise, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins all contain the seeds of the plant and are therefore botanically fruits.
9. What food group are beans and peas counted in?
The correct answer is BOTH.
Beans can be counted in either food group because they contain nutrients that are similar to foods in the Vegetable Group (fiber, potassium, and folate) and the Protein Foods Group (protein, iron, and zinc). Because of their high nutrient content, consuming beans and peas is recommended for everyone, including people who also eat meat, poultry, and seafood regularly.
10. Carrots, onions, and sweet potatoes are all vegetables and are what part of a plant?
The correct answer is ROOT.
These are all “root vegetables”; the part you eat is grown underground.
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