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How healthy is your diet?

One thing you can count on: Dietary advice is constantly changing. But that’s no reason not to make the best food choices you can. Healthy meals and snacks help control your weight, boost your energy and fight disease.

Are your eating habits headed in the right direction? Take this quiz, based on an average adult’s daily intake of 2,000 calories, to see whether you’re on the road to health or heartache.

  1. At a minimum, how many servings of whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and whole-grain bread and cereal should you eat in a day?
    1. five 1-ounce servings
    2. three 2-ounce servings
    3. three 1-ounce servings
  2. The federal 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend selecting meat, poultry and dairy products that are:
    1. organic
    2. low fat, fat free or lean
    3. inexpensive
  3. The portion size of a baked potato should roughly be the size of:
    1. a golf ball
    2. a grapefruit
    3. your fist
  4. How many servings of fruits and vegetables should a man eat each day?
    1. 3
    2. 5
    3. 9
  5. Women need 1,000–1,200 milligrams of calcium each day. How much do men need?
    1. twice as much
    2. half as much
    3. the same amount
  6. Which type of fat is most harmful to your health?
    1. polyunsaturated
    2. saturated
    3. monounsaturated
  7. Which of these foods are rich in potassium, a mineral that lowers blood pressure?
    1. fruits and vegetables
    2. nuts and seeds
    3. beef and poultry
  8. When buying vegetables, it’s most important to eat:
    1. a variety
    2. fresh instead of frozen
    3. green vegetables
  9. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you should eat this amount of legumes (dry beans) at the 2,000-calorie level:
    1. one cup a week
    2. three cups a week
    3. none—beans are optional
  10. Between 20 percent and 35 percent of your daily caloric intake should be from:
    1. protein
    2. fat
    3. carbohydrates
  11. You should eat this many grams of fiber every day:
    1. 14
    2. 20
    3. 28
  12. The American Diabetes Association recommends filling half your plate with:
    1. grains and starchy carbohydrates
    2. high-protein food like chicken and fish
    3. nonstarchy vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and salad greens

Answers: 1. c, 2. b, 3. c, 4. c, 5. c, 6. b, 7. a, 8. a, 9. b, 10. b, 11. c, 12. c

If you answered 10 to 12 questions correctly, congratulate yourself—you’re nutritionally savvy! If you answered 7 to 9 right, you’ve got good instincts, but a little more knowledge can help you improve your health. Five or fewer right answers—ask your doctor or a registered dietitian for dietary guidance.