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The Carb Quiz

Not all carbohydrates are created equal. See how well you know which carbs are healthy -- and which ones aren't -- with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Why does the body need carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Carbohydrates are the primary energy source for the brain, and they provide energy for cells so the body can perform daily activities. Carbs also prevent the body from breaking down protein and fat.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods contain carbs?

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The correct answer is: All of the above, as well as fruits. Carbohydrates are mostly plant-based foods, with the exception of dairy products, which are animal-based carbohydrates.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a source of carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Starches, sugars and fiber supply the carbohydrates in food. Carbohydrates are a molecule that plants make during photosynthesis.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Dairy substitutes can be good sources of carbohydrates.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Dairy substitutes such as almond, rice, coconut and soy milk (unsweetened, plain) can all be good sources of carbohydrates.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these carbohydrate-containing food groups impacts your blood sugar the most quickly?

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The correct answer is: Carbohydrates found in fruits or candy impact blood sugar more quickly than those found in whole grains and leafy vegetables.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What is a refined carbohydrate?

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The correct answer is: Refined carbohydrates, or simple carbohydrates, are highly-processed carbs that have been stripped of their wholesome fiber, bran, vitamins and healthy fats. "Simple" is used to connote the ease with which your body can extract the sugars from the carbohydrates you've just eaten.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods has refined carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. White flour, regular pasta and table (or white) sugar are all examples of refined carbohydrates.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How do refined carbohydrates affect the body?

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The correct answer is: Both are correct. A simple carbohydrate is broken down quickly by your body and leaves you feeling hungry faster than a complex carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates also raise insulin levels and blood pressure.

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What is a complex carbohydrate?

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The correct answer is: Complex carbohydrates are carbohydrates in their natural, unrefined form.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods has complex carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Complex carbohydrates are found in grains, such as whole-grain bread; fruit, such as an apple; vegetables, such as starchy beans or non-starchy lettuce; milk and yogurt.

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How do complex carbohydrates affect the body?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Complex carbohydrates break down more slowly than simple or refined carbohydrates. For that reason, they signal your brain that you've had enough to eat; help you feel fuller faster and keep you staying full longer; and slow sugar digestion so you don't experience rapid rises and drops in blood sugar levels.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: As part of a balanced diet, complex carbohydrates can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Nutrition research shows that a diet high in complex carbohydrates works to reduce calorie intake by making people feel fuller and cutting appetite. Over time, that means lower calorie intake and fewer excess pounds.

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True or false: A person with diabetes should avoid carbohydrates.

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The correct answer is: This is false. People with diabetes can eat carbohydrates, but they should eat more healthy, complex carbs than simple ones.

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True or false: White wine does not contain carbohydrates.

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The correct answer is: This is false. All alcohol, including wine, beer and spirits, contains carbohydrates.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is equal to 15 grams, or one serving, of carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: A 15-gram serving of carbohydrates is one-third cup of pasta or white rice; one-half cup of peas; and 2 tablespoons of raisins.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

About how many carbohydrates do you need in a day?

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The correct answer is: The recommended daily dose of carbohydrates is about 130 grams per day. This number increases if you are training for athletic events and burning more energy. Each gram of carbohydrates contains four calories.

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How much of your total daily calorie intake should come from carbohydrates?

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The correct answer is: About 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories should come from carbohydrates.

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True or false: Refined carbohydrates are addictive.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When you eat refined carbohydrates, your body produces dopamine, a hormone and neurotransmitter that affects the brain's pleasure and reward centers. To keep this part of your brain stimulated, you'll keep wanting more.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Eating too many carbs -- and especially refined carbs -- can increase the risk of which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above, as well as obesity. Many health experts now believe that excessive consumption of carbohydrates -- specifically carbohydrates that have been refined and stripped of their supportive nutrients -- is a major contributing factor in a wide variety of diseases.

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More than what percentage of carbs consumed in the U.S. are in the form of simple sugars added to food as a sweetening agent?

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The correct answer is: Currently, more than half the carbohydrates being consumed in the United States are in the form of simple sugars being added to food as a sweetening agent.

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