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Jewish World Review
Nov. 7, 2007
/ 26 Mar-Cheshvan 5768
Carbs tend to go in and out of favor from a nutrition standpoint. What's the latest? Here's a quiz based on information from the Harvard School of Public Health to find out how savvy you are about carbohydrates in your diet.
1. Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel for physical activity and organ function. True or false?
2. Carbohydrates come from all types of foods, including bread, dairy, grains, fibers, starches and sugars. True or false?
3. During digestion, the body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). True or false?
4. The glycemic index measures how quickly food is converted to blood sugar. True or false?
5. Diets that include a lot of high-glycemic index foods (foods broken down quickly) have been linked to an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. True or false?
6. The more fat a food contains, the faster its carbohydrates are converted to sugar. True or false?
7. Finely ground grains have no more impact on the glycemic index than more coarsely ground grain. True or false?
8. For optimal health, select carbohydrates that include whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice or whole oats. True or false?
Answers: 1) True; 2) True; 3) True; 4) True; 5) True; 6) False; 7) False; 8) True.
Source: Harvard School of Public Health
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