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Can you buy healthy food without breaking the bank? When is canned better than fresh? Test your grocery store smarts in our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's best to shop when you're hungry.

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The correct answer is: This is false. When you're hungry, bypass the grocery store. People who are hungry tend to splurge on their grocery buys and buy stuff they wouldn't normally.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which apple is healthier?

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The correct answer is: While all apples will give your family a disease-fighting boost, Red Delicious apples and Northern Spy apples had the highest concentrations of polyphenolics of all apple varieties that were tested. In addition to being a great source of fiber, apples have been linked to a decreased risk of lung cancer, asthma and diabetes.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Paying with a credit or debit card will help you make healthier purchases.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Paying with cash, not plastic, will help you make healthier food purchases at the grocery store. Experts estimate that shoppers who pay with cash end up buying just as much healthy stuff, but about 30 percent less junk foods.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What does a food's sell-by date tell you?

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The correct answer is: According to the Institute of Food Technologists, you can still eat a food for some time after its sell-by date, but it's no longer as fresh as it once was.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What does a food's best-by date tell you?

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The correct answer is: A food's best-if-used-by-date tells you when the food's quality and flavor may be fading. It's likely still safe to consume, but it will be turning bad quickly.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Flash-frozen fruits and vegetables are often more healthful and nutritious than out-of-season produce, wilted produce and canned produce.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Buy frozen fruits and veggies when they're on sale, and you'll not only save some money, but avoid food waste when fresh produce goes bad. Nutritionally, flash-frozen produce is better than fresh-but-wilted produce, and it's usually more healthful than canned, which can be loaded with added sodium or sugary syrup.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: The type of supermarket you shop at can increase the likelihood you'll be overweight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People who shop at 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 8 of 20 Correct

What does the use-by date on food mean?

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The correct answer is: After a food's use-by date, the nutrition and quality of the food may be fading. The food may also become harmful.

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Question 9 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: Both of the above. Surprised? Canned salmon is just as healthful as fresh -- but for a fraction of the cost.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these containers has the freshest, healthiest spinach?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, you'll want to grab the spinach that is in the clear plastic tubs, not the bagged stuff that's been hiding out in the back of the shelf for a few days. In a recent study, researchers discovered that spinach stored in clear plastic tubs under fluorescent lighting actually became more nutrient-rich in a short span of time.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

When stocking up on fruits and veggies, how many weeks' worth should you buy?

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The correct answer is: Getting four servings of fruit and vegetables per day as an adult could reduce an adult's RealAge by as much as four years by age 40. That means stocking up on plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from each color group. Just don't buy more than you'll be able to eat in a week -- fruits and vegetables lose their nutrient goodness when they sit around.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Any grain product you buy, such as bread or a pizza crust, should be what percentage whole grain?

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The correct answer is: Make sure any whole-wheat products you buy are labeled 100 percent whole wheat.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should check that tomato sauces do not have added sugar.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When buying tomato sauce, check the ingredients list. If sugar or any form of sweetener is added, put it back.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these types of nuts should you buy?

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The correct answer is: Nuts should be raw, rather than roasted or salted. You'll get all the health benefits without upping your sodium intake.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Not all "fat-free" foods are actually 100 percent fat-free.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Fat-free label laws allow foods that contain 0.5 grams of fat per serving to be labeled "0 grams of fat." That's how cooking sprays that are 100 percent fat can get away with listing 0 fat grams on the label. Half a gram doesn't seem like a lot until you start adding up how often you eat more than a serving of "fat-free" foods.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

If a product's package says it "contains whole grains," what does that mean?

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The correct answer is: Just because a food touts that it "contains whole grains" does not mean it's a whole-grain food -- or that you should buy it. Check the nutrition label. If a whole grain is the first ingredient, you know the food is likely mostly or entirely whole grain.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: To save money, you should buy only frozen fruits.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You can save money by buying cherries in summer and butternut squash in winter (instead of vice versa), especially if you buy locally-grown produce. Bonus idea: freeze in-season produce now and eat it later. You'll still retain much of the healthy nutrients.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: To avoid eating pesticides and chemicals, you should only eat organic fruits and vegetables.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You don't need to buy all organic produce. However, do try to buy organic versions of what are called the ""Dirty Dozen"" because of increased levels of pesticides: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these fruits and vegetables 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, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage and watermelons.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these food-borne illnesses may be carried on reusable grocery bags?

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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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