Healthy Eating
Beans are a good source of protein.

Healthy Eating

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Healthy eating is about the balanced diet your body needs to keep it in good condition. We all know that eating things like potato chips, chocolate, candies and soft drinks alone would be bad nutrition and would not make up a healthy diet. They're ok in small amounts but we need other things - fruit and vegetables, proteins, vitamins and minerals for example - in a balanced diet. It's important that we eat a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients we need to stay healthy.

1.
Why is fiber a necessary part of a balanced diet?
Fiber aids the digestive system
Fiber aids cell growth and repair
Fiber is used for energy
Fiber is essential to build bones and teeth
Some good sources of fiber are wholewheat bread, brown rice, fruit and veg, beans and cereal
2.
Which of the following statements is true?
A balanced diet should not include anything sweet
Pasta and vegetables are enough to provide a balanced diet
A balanced diet must include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins, water and fiber
A balanced diet should not include any fats
Carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, vitamins, water, fiber and even fats are essential for a healthy body - sweet foods, in small amounts, can be included as part of a healthy diet, too
3.
Which of the following foods is a good source of protein?
Fruit
Salad
Butter
Beans
Good sources of protein include fish, meat, cheese, eggs and beans
4.
Fruit and vegetables are a good source of what?
Vitamins
Minerals
Fibre
All of the above
Fruit and vegetables are very important parts of a healthy diet
5.
Which of these meals would not provide a healthy balance?
Pasta baked with cheese and a tomato sauce, served with salad, followed by sliced oranges
Grilled chicken, salad and new potatoes, followed by yogurt and fruit
Vegetable stir-fry, followed by fruit salad and jelly
Baked salmon, vegetables and rice, followed by banana and ice cream
Although vegetable stir-fry and fruit salad are very healthy foods, this meal would be more balanced if some protein, such as cashew nuts, were added. A carbohydrate-rich food, such as noodles, would help too
6.
Which of the following foods is a good source of carbohydrates?
Cheese
Rice
Tea
Celery
Good sources of carbohydrates include potatoes, bread, pasta, rice and cereal
7.
Which vitamin is good for bone health, but is not an essential part of the diet because it can be made by the human body from sunlight?
Vitamin A
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
A lack of vitamin D can lead to diseases like rickets
8.
What does the body use carbohydrates for?
Carbohydrates enable the transport of essential nutrients around the body
Carbohydrates improve digestion
Carbohydrates are used by the body for growth
Carbohydrates provide the body with a source of energy
Carbohydrates are a good source of energy - only those made from whole grains will also be a good source of fiber, therefore aiding the digestive system
9.
A lack of which vitamin causes scurvy?
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
In 1747, a doctor in the Royal Navy called James Lind discovered that eating foods with vitamin C could prevent sailors from suffering scurvy
10.
Why is it not a good idea to fill your plate with foods that are all the same color?
Having foods of a variety of colors shows that the meal contains a variety of nutrients
Foods that are all the same color are unhealthy
A variety of colors shows that your meal is low-fat
Your plate will look better with lots of different foods
A variety of foods, and therefore a variety of nutrients, is essential for a balanced diet
Author:  Sheri Smith

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