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1. Which type of cholesterol in the body is often referred to as "bad cholesterol" and is associated with the development of heart disease?

a. low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
b. high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
c. none of the above

2. Which nutrient is important for females to take during childbearing years and pregnancy in order to protect unborn children from developing neural tube defects such as spina bifida (in which the spinal column of a fetus doesn't close during the first month of pregnancy)?

a. vitamin E
b. folate/folic acid
c. niacin
d. vitamin C

3. Acrylamide is a probable human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) that forms when carbohydrates are cooked at temperatures over 248 ° F. High levels of acryl amide may be found in:

a. pears
b. potato chips and fries
c. hamburger

4. A lack of calcium can contribute to the development of bone problems including:

a. osteoporosis
b. diabetes
c. cancer
d. kidney disease

5. Chronic consumption of _______________ can lead to liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

a. milk thistle
b. rice
c. alcoholic beverages
d. cheese

6. The majority of bone mass for both males and females is established by approximately age _______, making sufficient calcium intake especially crucial up to this age.

a. 5
b. 25
c. 17
d. 50

7. The ingestion of ______________ releases numerous chemicals in the body and is associated with cancer development.

a. grapes
b. alcoholic beverages
c. fruit punch
d. crackers

8. Protein and carbohydrates provide ____ calories per gram; alcohol provides ____ calories per gram; and fat provides ____ calories per gram.

a. 12, 7, 11
b. 4, 7, 9
c. 10, 20, 100
d. 2, 9, 15

9. The enzymes _______________ and _________________, found in raw papaya and pineapple, respectively, are useful for reducing inflammation when consumed.

a. papain and bromelain
b. lactase and lactobacillus
c. amylase and lipase

10. Which of the following may be useful in lowering high LDL cholesterol?

a. garlic
b. butter
c. psyllium seed husk
d. both a and c

11. Which fruit often contains higher levels of pesticide residues?

a. apples
b. pineapples
c. watermelon

12. A diet that contains whole grains can help reduce the risk of developing:

a. obesity
b. diverticulosis
c. type II diabetes
d. all of the above

13. High-sodium foods can contribute to:

a. high blood pressure (hypertension)
b. low blood pressure (hypotension)
c. dry skin

14. Bisphenol A (also called BPA) is a chemical that may cause health problems. It is found in:

a. glass
b. stainless steel
c. certain plastics
d. none of the above

15. Gallstones are more likely to form in those who:

a. lose weight too rapidly
b. are female
c. have a family history of gallbladder disease
d. all of the above


1. a
2. b
3. b
4. a
5. c
6. c
7. b
8. b
9. a
10. d
11. a
12. d
13. a
14. c
15. d

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