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Grocery Money Savers

See if you know when it's smart to pay for pricey foods -- and when it's just plain silly.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

You know you need your veggies, but you're watching your sodium. Which kind has the most sodium?

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The correct answer is: As a general rule, go with fresh or frozen. Canned vegetables usually contain more sodium than fresh or frozen varieties, although low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties of canned vegetables are available.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Your husband picked up canned corn for dinner, but not the low-sodium version you asked for. What should you do first?

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The correct answer is: No need for another trip to the store—you can reduce the sodium in canned veggies yourself. Drain the packing liquid through a colander and rinse the veggies well under cold water for around two minutes.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Rinsing canned beans can remove up to how much sodium?

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The correct answer is: Rinsing canned beans before you use them can remove up to 40 percent of the sodium.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Why are locally-grown vegetables and fruits preferred to produce that's sourced from other parts of the country or world?

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The correct answer is: Locally-grown produce has traveled fewer miles and maintains much more of its healthy vitamins and minerals. In comparison, the fruits and vegetables in your grocery store might have been picked before they were ripe and then traveled many miles, losing nutrients during their journey.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these types of salmon should you buy to get the most health benefits?

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The correct answer is: Canned salmon is just as healthful as fresh, but for a fraction of the cost. In fact, if you live far away from regions where salmon is caught, canned salmon might be a better choice than the "fresh" fish delivered to where you live. Canned salmon is full of omega-3s, but they also have lots of calcium, if you get the kind that contains bones.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: For a box of crackers to be labeled "natural," It must have met FDA standards which require that the food is free of chemical preservatives or hormones.

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The correct answer is: This is false. "Natural" has no specific meaning, except for meat and poultry products. A claim that a food is "natural" or "all-natural" is left up entirely to the food manufacturer and may not be an honest claim, so don't fork over more money for this kind of health claim.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can often get nutritious bargains by buying the manager's special.

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The correct answer is: Run—don't walk—from manager's specials. These are items the supermarket is trying to get rid of, which means they've probably been on the shelf for a while and may not be safe to eat.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

You prefer to use fresh herbs over dried, even though fresh herbs can be pricey. How much should you use?

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The correct answer is: The rule of thumb for fresh-to-dry herb ratio is to use three times more fresh herbs than dried. If you're in a pinch for money, stock up on dried seasonings. You'll get more bang for you buck!

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which is the least healthy way to prepare coffee?

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The correct answer is: French-press sounds fancy, but some studies single it out as the unhealthiest way to brew coffee. That's because coffee that's not filtered through paper has more cafestol, a substance that affects the liver in ways that raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Bring on the instant coffee!

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which kind of ice cream has fewer calories—slow-churned or regular?

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The correct answer is: One serving of slow-churned ice cream has about 100 fewer calories than regular ice cream. That's because the slow churning process introduces more air into the mixture, while keeping it creamy.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to freeze fruits and vegetables?

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The correct answer is: Fresh fruits and vegetables should be frozen immediately after they are picked to preserve vitamins and minerals. This means many frozen options in the grocery store are just as nutritious as fresh, and that it's possible to eat your favorite veggie out-of-season.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

When is the best time to freeze meat?

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The correct answer is: You should cook the meat you buy within a day. Meat that is shipped to the supermarket is already frozen. It's then thawed before it's put on display. When you take that meat home, you have no idea how long it's been in the display case. That means it could harbor bacteria.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Where do most grocery stores tend to stock healthier foods?

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The correct answer is: Look high and low. Scan the top and bottom shelves of grocery aisles for the cheapest, more nutritious options. Marketers put more expensive and fattening items at eye level for a reason.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should check the expiration date to know If an item is still fresh.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Retailers can change the date as many times as they want until the product sells. That means that sometimes retailers will continue selling the product until it looks green and moldy. Next time you buy food, look at the date, but also make sure the food looks fresh before you add it to your cart.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these should you buy organically when possible?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Whenever possible, buy organically-grown potatoes, spinach leaves, lettuce, collard greens, peppers and celery. That's because these vegetables tend to have more pesticides sprayed on them and more easily absorb chemicals. Organic farming does not use the pesticides.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which fruit should you buy organic?

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The correct answer is: As a rule, non-organic foods like bananas, mangos and oranges are fine. Thin-skinned fruits and vegetables like apples, strawberries and lettuce are best to buy organic to reduce the risk of pesticides.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these kinds of produce is not as important to buy organic because it often has very low levels of pesticides, if any?

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The correct answer is: Save your money on these fruits and vegetables, which aren't prone to pesticide residues: onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocados, asparagus, peas, mangos, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage and watermelons.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Shopping at which kind of grocery store is most likely to make you gain weight?

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The correct answer is: In this case, it's good to be a food snob. People who shop at deep discount supermarkets, especially if they're far from home, are more likely to have higher body weight and more belly fat than people who buy groceries at neighborhood markets closer to home. This may be because people who go out of their way to shop at discount supermarkets tend to shop less frequently, stock up on more nonperishables and less fresh produce.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When is the best day to go grocery shopping?

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The correct answer is: Wednesdays are the days many supermarkets start their sales, so the shelves are fully stocked with fresh product, often at a good price. Beware of shopping on Mondays; most supermarkets get their deliveries on weekdays, not weekends, which means the food in the store on Mondays has likely been there since Friday or earlier.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which kind of shopping bag could potentially make you sick?

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The correct answer is: If reusable totes aren't cleaned frequently and properly, you may be putting your family's health at risk for contracting nasty food-borne illnesses, such as salmonella, listeria, and E.coli. Dirty grocery bags are a welcoming environment for harmful bacteria that can contaminate your food. Each year, 48 million Americans contract food poisoning from contaminated foods.

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