Nutrition Quiz: Government guidelines

Ready for some light reading? Light as in eating light. Try the government-issued report "Dietary Guidelines for Americans." Take our quiz based on facts and recommendations we gleaned from the guidelines.

1. What percentage of the calories in people's diets should come from saturated fatty acids?

a) Less than 5 percent

b) Less than 10 percent

c) Less than 25 percent


2. The maximum daily sodium recommendation is 2,300 milligrams. But what are the stricter sodium guidelines for those 51 and older, or those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease?

a) 1,500 mg

b) 1,000 mg

c) 750 mg

3. The report calls for people to limit their daily cholesterol intake to 300 milligrams. Which of the following exceeds that limit?

a) 3.5 ounces sponge cake

b) One boiled egg

c) 3.5 ounces beef kidney


4. What is the recommendation on alcohol consumption?

a) Three drinks a day for men, two for women

b) One drink for men and women

c) Two drinks for men, one for women

5. True or false: Pregnant women should limit white tuna to 6 ounces a week due to high methyl mercury content.


ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: a; 3: c (boiled egg: 225 mg; sponge cake: 260 mg; beef kidney: 375 mg); 4: c; 5: True.




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