Nosh on These Nutrition Facts

womens-03-05You likely have questions about eating right; most people do. Test your nutrition knowledge with this quick quiz.

True or False? It’s safe to indulge in raw or undercooked meats.

Answer: False. If you eat undercooked meat or eggs, you could be putting yourself at risk for E. coli or food borne illness. Raw seafood could lead to stomach issues. Still craving sushi? Have a smoked salmon, eel or veggie-based roll to be on the safe side.

True or False? A two-venti-lattes-a-day habit is no problem.

Answer: False. While grabbing an occasional latte on the way to work is OK, women should limit daily caffeine consumption to two cups a day. A new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests drinking more than four cups of coffee every day could actually be detrimental for health. Consider downsizing your cup of joe, especially if you drink other caffeinated beverages throughout the day.

True or False? A glass of wine at dinner is fine.

Answer: True. To maintain good cardiovascular health, women should stick to one alcoholic beverage a day. Drinking more could pack on extra pounds or raise the risk for certain types of cancer and brain issues. Going out with the ladies? Stick to one serving, such as a 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5-ounce serving of 80-proof spirits. Always order an appetizer or small snack to buffer the alcohol’s effects, and switch to club soda to rehydrate and still feel festive.

True or False? Every woman needs to take a folic acid supplement if considering getting pregnant.

Answer: True. While many foods such as cereal, bread, pasta and white rice contain folic acid, taking a daily supplement of between 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid can reduce the chances of your baby having birth defects, such as spina bifida, which causes nerve damage, and anencephaly, a condition that affects how a baby’s brain develops. Talk with your gynecologist about the best supplement for you to take.

This article was reviewed by Susan Benson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., OB/GYN with St.Vincent Medical Group.

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