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What’s Your Nutrition IQ? Stephen W. Ponder MD, FAAP, CDE Pediatric Endocrinologist Driscoll Children’s Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas

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Quiz Rules 30 questions 15-20 seconds to answer Answers are given after each question Score your own “Nutritional IQ” at the end

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A “calorie” is a measure of ______? A.Fat B.Sugar C.Carbohydrate D.Energy E.I don’t know Question 1

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An average adult needs a total of HOW MANY calories a day? A.1000 B.1500 C.2000 D.2500 E.I don’t know Question 2 Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

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A pound of fat is equal to HOW MANY EXTRA calories? A.1500 B.2000 C.3500 D.5000 E.I don’t know Question 3

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A 20 ounce regular soda pop has HOW MANY servings in it? A.2½ B.2 C.1½ D.1 E.I don’t know Question 4

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How many calories are in a McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger? A.230 B.340 C.420 D.590 E.I don’t know Question 5

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True or False: 12 ounces of regular Sprite has the same calories as 12 ounces of Dr. Pepper A.True B.False C.I don’t know Question 6

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One gram of fat contains HOW MANY calories? A.4 B.7 C.9 D.12 E.I don’t know Question 7

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A single serving of fruit juice is:? A.4 ounces B.8 ounces C.12 ounces D.16 ounces E.I don’t know Question 8

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The average person (child or adult) should try to take HOW MANY foot steps in a normal day? A.2000 B.5000 C.10,000 D.15,000 E.I don’t know Question 9

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Which of the following is the best fat burning activity? A.Swimming B.Running C.Walking briskly D.Weight lifting E.I don’t know Question 10

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How many hours does the typical child watch television each day? A.2 hours B.4 hours C.6 hours D.8 hours E.I don’t know Question 11

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How many FOOD ADS does the average child watch on TV each year? A.5,000 B.10,000 C.15,000 D.20,000 E.I don’t know Question 12

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Which of the following is the most commonly eaten vegetable in American toddlers? A.Green beans B.Carrots C.Broccoli D.French fries E.I don’t know Question 13 ? ? ?

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How many EXTRA calories are we overfeeding American babies under 1 year of age? A.50 calories B.100 calories C.150 calories D.Over 200 calories E.I don’t know Question 14

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A.4 pounds B.8 pounds C.16 pounds D.24 pounds E.I don’t know If a person (or child) drinks one 12 ounce Regular soda pop each day, how many EXTRA POUNDS will be gained each year? Question 15

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The term “sugar free” on a food label or advertisement refers to which of the following ONLY? A.Lactose B.Fructose C.Sucrose D.Glucose E.I don’t know Question 16

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On a list of ingredients for a typical food product label, IN WHAT ORDER are the ingredients listed ? A.Alphabetically B.From LEAST to most prevalent in the food product C.From MOST to least prevalent in the food product D.I don’t know Question 17

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What percentage of children in the United States eat a balanced diet according to the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid? A.1% B.15% C.50% D.75% E.I don’t know Question 18

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What percentage of children in the United States have a television set in their bedroom ? A.24% B.37% C.65% D.83% E.I don’t know Question 19

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What is the primary (main) sweetener used in Regular soda pop and many other sweet foods in the United States? A.Sucrose B.Glucose C.High fructose corn syrup D.Lactose E.I don’t know Question 20

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What percent of teenage girls get the minimum recommended amount (RDA) of calcium in their everyday diets? A.3% B.13% C.33% D.43% E.I don’t know Question 21

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How many times should a toddler be offered a new vegetable food choice BEFORE giving up? A.3 times B.8 times C.15 times D.24 times E.I don’t know Question 22

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True or False: Breast fed infants are leaner (less overweight) compared to formula (bottle) fed babies A.True B.False C.I don’t know Question 23

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How many calories are in a “super size” order of McDonald’s French Fries? A.210 B.320 C.450 D.610 E.I don’t know Question 24

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True or False: In-between meal snacks don’t add extra weight A.True B.False C.I don’t know Question 25

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How many 8 ounce glasses of water should we drink each day? A.3 B.4 C.5 D.8 E.I don’t know Question 26

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Which would be a healthy snack choice? A.Apple B.Bowl of cereal C.Sandwich D.Chips E.I don’t know Question 27

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Which beverage is best to use during sports? A.Gatorade B.Powerade C.Water (plain or with lemon) D.100% fruit juice E.I don’t know Question 28

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How many calories are in the entire container of doughnuts? A.110 B.200 C.400 D.800 E.I don’t know Question 29

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For how long after eating ANY calorie containing food or drink is the body making fat? A.30 minutes B.1 hour C.2 hours D.4 hours E.I don’t know Question 30

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Now…grade your answers! 25-30 correct: Food Genius 20-24 correct: Nutritionally-gifted 15-19 correct: Average American 10-14 correct: Nutritionally-challenged 9 or less: Checked your weight lately?

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