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    What percentage of Americans eat enough vegetables?

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    What percentage of Americans eat enough vegetables?

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    Only 9.3% of U.S. adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables, which means just about all of us have room for improvement. Americans do a little better with fruit, though still, only around 12% meet the recommendations for how much fruit to eat.

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    If you eat seafood, how often should you have it?

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    If you eat seafood, how often should you have it?

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    If fish and other seafood are part of your diet, go for about 8 ounces a week. Salmon, sardines, and herring are some of the types that are rich in heart-healthy omega-3s. If you don’t eat fish, you can also get omega-3s from flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

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    Which of these seafoods should you NOT eat more of?

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    Which of these seafoods should you NOT eat more of?

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    Avoid fish with high mercury content. Four kinds of fish -- tilefish, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel -- have relatively high mercury content and should be eaten only occasionally. Pregnant women should avoid these fish (and should limit white albacore tuna to 6 ounces per week).

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    Green peas are an example of a lean protein that can replace meat in your diet.

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    Green peas are an example of a lean protein that can replace meat in your diet.

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    Although green peas are loaded with protein, they are considered a starchy vegetable like white potatoes, and you should limit starchy vegetables to 5-6 cups each week. Plant-derived protein foods include kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lima beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, and lentils.

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    Which of the following is a whole grain?

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    Which of the following is a whole grain?

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    A whole grain includes the entire grain seed, or kernel. Examples of whole grains are popcorn, wild rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, rolled oats, brown rice, and whole-grain barley, rye, and wheat. These foods may be eaten by themselves or found as ingredients in such foods as bread, cereals, and crackers. Multigrain bread usually is not 100% whole grain.

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    How much of your grains should be whole grains?

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    How much of your grains should be whole grains?

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    Refined grains have been milled to remove the bran and germ from the grain. This removes fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. You should replace at least half of the refined grains you eat with whole grains. The more you switch to whole grains, the better.

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    Which of the following are whole grains that may be listed as ingredients on a food label?

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    Which of the following are whole grains that may be listed as ingredients on a food label?

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    Many whole-grain products are good sources of dietary fiber, but not all of them. Nutritious whole-grain foods should list a whole grain as the first or second ingredient, after water.

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    What type of food is the biggest single source of sodium in the American diet?

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    What type of food is the biggest single source of sodium in the American diet?

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    Most experts recommend that adults eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily -- and no more than 1,500 milligrams if they have high blood pressure (hypertension) or prehypertension. On average, Americans get too much sodium -- 3,440 milligrams per day – and should cut back.

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    Where do Americans get the most added sugar in their diet?

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    Sweetened beverages are the No. 1 source of added sugar in the American diet. Snacks and sweets are No. 2. Added sugars eat up your calorie budget but offer little nutrition.

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    Which of the following is not an added sugar?

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    Which of the following is not an added sugar?

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    Sugars that are found naturally in foods include fructose (found in fruits) and lactose (found in dairy products). But high-fructose corn syrup and liquid fructose are added sugars, as are white and brown table sugar, honey, molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, raw sugar, and dextrose. Added sugars contribute an average of 14% of the total calories in the typical American diet.

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    Which of these is a solid fat?

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    A solid fat is any fat that is solid at room temperature. This includes milk fat, lard, stick margarine, and shortening. While solid fats make up, on average, more than 16% of the total calories in the American diet, they provide few nutrients and no fiber.

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    Which of these oils and fats is healthiest for cooking?

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    Which of these oils and fats is healthiest for cooking?

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    U.S. dietary guidelines recommend replacing solid fats, such as butter, with small amounts of oils. Oils such as canola, olive, corn, safflower, and sunflower should be used rather than solid fats, such as butter, stick margarine, shortening, or lard.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

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