Sometimes challenging your mind is as much fun as challenging your body. Take this health and wellness quiz to find out how much you know!
- Soy protein is the best way to build muscle. True/False
- Wheat flour is genetically modified. True/False
- Is it best to do full sit-ups or crunches? Full/Crunch
- How many calories will you burn walking quickly for an hour? 160, 360, 560, 760
- Drinking coffee will help you lose weight. True/False
- A farmer plants an organic canola crop next to a crop of genetically modified canola. The organic crop remains organic. True/False
- Organically grown produce is selling at a greater rate each year. True/False
- There is a limit to the number of chemicals farmers can use on a field in the US. True/False
- Diet sodas will help you lose weight. True/ False
- Yoga is the best exercise. True/False
Health and wellness quiz answers:
1. Interestingly enough, this answer is false. A recent study done at McMaster University and recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that skim milk works better than a soy drink at producing muscle in men. Since soy and milk proteins are both considered to be complete proteins, scientists don’t have a reason why milk produced almost twice as much muscle as the soy drink in the 10 week study.
2. At this time, wheat, rye and barley are not genetically modified. In 2004, an application to grow GMO wheat was withdrawn and Canada and the United States now only grow conventional wheat. Baked goods may contain other ingredients that are genetically modified. Soy is a major contributor with its oil, lecithin and flour sometimes mixed with wheat flour. Maize is also genetically modified and can be added in the form of corn syrup.
3. If you are interested in strengthening your abs, the crunch is the preferred exercise. A sit-up is the full range of motion where your elbows start flat on the floor and end up touching or going past the knees. A crunch is a modified sit-up, that raises the head and upper body off the floor, but stops at that point. A sit-up uses the leg muscles as well as the abs and can stress the lower back. Crunches put less stress on the body. Most people perform them too quickly. A better way is to rise slowly off the floor, hold the upper position for a count to four and lower slowly to the floor. Obliques can also be engaged with a diagonal movement.
4. A person weighing 170 pounds will burn 360 calories in an hour if they are walking a very quick 4 miles per hour. You will burn the equivalent of a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Whipped tall (their smallest size). Or you could have a Cinnamon Raisin Bagel. If you want both, you’ll have to walk another hour!
5. When you think of coffee, you normally think of the caffeine in the coffee. But when you are dieting, you need to think of the acid in coffee. Acid is hard on your digestive system. Drinking coffee, especially first thing in the morning is like dumping a load of acid directly into your stomach. If you add cream and sugar, you are making your system work even harder to diffuse and dilute non-nutritious substances. The best thing to drink when you are on a diet (and when you are not dieting!) is green or white tea. Green tea has some caffeine but it had lots of anti-oxidants which support dieting and are beneficial for good health.
6. A recent report out of Australia talks about genetically-modified organisms spreading to and contaminating a nearby field of non-GMO and organic crops. The organic farmer states that the GMO seeds traveled nearly a mile and took hold of 540 acres of his land. He has a certified organic farm and gets a premium for sales in Australia and overseas. The organic certifier is conducting an official investigation, but it looks like the Australian government is giving preferential treatment to the GMO industry and will look the other way. GMO canola has previously been banned in Australia, but in March 2010 was “unbanned” and believed it could safely be segregated from natural crops.
In another example of cross contamination, Percy Schmeiser of Saskatchewan, Canada was visited by representatives from Monsanto (the creators of genetically modified canola seeds) to pay a “Technology Fee” to Monsanto for growing GMO crops. The unusual twist to this story is that Percy did not plant the crop. His organic crop was contaminated with seed from another field. Despite threats and heavy intimidation from the billion dollar company, Percy decided to sue Monsanto and in 2008 came up with a victory over Monsanto. He not only did not have to pay the “fee”, Monsanto was ordered to pay for the clean-up costs to his fields.
7. True. In 1990, the organic food business started at $1 billion. In 2011, the organic business surpassed $30 billion dollars and it grew by 9.4 percent that year. Organic is the fastest growing segment in the grocery industry.
8. False. There are limits to the amount of a single pesticide found in food, but there are no limits to the number of different pesticides that are allowed in food. This is worrisome, because some of these toxins work together and form more toxic substances together than apart
9. False. Health and wellness advocates will all tell you that diet sodas will help you “gain” weight. A study by Harvard Medical School found diet cola linked to double the risk of kidney disease. The high acid (pH3.2) is linked to a higher incident of tooth decay. The carbonation in cola suppresses the immune system by tying up calcium for up to 10 hours. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer. Plus add in the fact that the body reacts to the lack of calories by wanting “more” calories later, messing up your metabolism and causing you to eat more.
10. True. In a 2010 study at the University of Maryland School Of Nursing, yoga was compared to aerobic exercise and health and wellness researchers were surprised at the results. Yoga came out ahead in improving balance, flexibility, strength, lowering pain levels in seniors, reducing menopausal symptoms and lowering stress levels. The researchers did state that this is not an “either/or” situation. There is room for both yoga and aerobic exercise, so don’t throw away those walking shoes!
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this Health and Wellness Quiz. If you get 9 – 10 answers correct, you are a Health and Wellness Quiz Guru! If you get 6 – 8 answers correct, you are a Health and Wellness Quiz Student and are on the road to learning about important health issues. Fewer than 6 answers correct and you’re a Health and Wellness Quiz Plebe and should make a point of reading about health issues that concern you.