Test your nutrition IQ: Amino-acids
By Sam McManis
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Go into any health-food store or pharmacy, and you're liable to see large plastic tubs in the supplement aisle promoting amino acids. Wait, don't we get enough amino acids from the food we eat?
Australian sports nutritionist Clare Wood investigated amino acid supplements. Take our quiz based on her results, published on the Web site www.topendsports.com.
1. What is the range of daily amino-acid intake recommended for a person weighing 132 pounds?
a) 24 to 66 grams
b) 72 to 102 grams
c) 134 to 218 grams
2. How many grams of protein are contained in an average (152-gram) chicken breast?
a) 22 grams
b) 32 grams
c) 42 grams
3. True or false: All but the most dedicated athletes engaging in resistance training or tissue repair should consume more than enough amino acids without resorting to supplements.
4. Besides being found in beef, chicken and fish, amino acids are found in large quantities in which of the following foods?
a) legumes (such as beans)
b) dairy products
c) cereal products
5. True or false: Doctors sometimes inject the amino acid arginine to stimulate growth hormone release in children with a deficiency. Regular use of an oral form of arginine has shown significant muscle mass increase in strength athletes.
ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: c; 3: true; 4: a (amino acids are present in dairy and cereal but in lesser amounts); 5: false.
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