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20 Nutrition quizzes and 205 Nutrition trivia questions.
Just What the Doctor Ordered
  Just What the Doctor Ordered   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz is about some of the vitamins and minerals that do a body good.
Easier, 10 Qns, ramonesrule, Apr 29 22
ramonesrule gold member
Apr 29 22
511 plays
  Eat Your Colors editor best quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Does it seem like there's a lot of confusion nowadays as to what constitutes a healthy diet? It's simpler than you might have imagined...the answer is phytochemicals, and they're found in brightly colored foods.
Average, 10 Qns, LilahDeDah, Oct 26 21
Oct 26 21
5975 plays
  Fitness Foods: Facts, Fats and Figures   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Switching to health conscious foods to counteract increases in obesity has become prevalent in the 21st century. Health conscious people are looking towards superfoods to add more than carbs, protein and fats to their diet.
Easier, 10 Qns, ClaudiaCat, May 22 20
ClaudiaCat gold member
May 22 20
2568 plays
  Vital Vitamins    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The title is a tautology: every vitamin is vital to the human body. What do you know about the following vitamins?
Easier, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 28 19
JanIQ gold member
Nov 28 19
620 plays
  Vitamin "D"eification   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you want your skeleton to be properly calcified, you'll need to be properly "D"eified. Play this quiz and make sure you're not vitamin "D"eficient.
Tough, 10 Qns, uglybird, Aug 11 07
1107 plays
  Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Growth   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What role do vitamins and minerals play in health promotion?
Average, 10 Qns, soozy_woozy, Aug 17 20
Aug 17 20
4618 plays
  Vitamins, Herbs, And Natural Healing   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Test your knowledge of herbal remedies, vitamins, and other non-pharmaceutical products and their uses. (Since the FDA does not yet endorse alternative products for the treatment of illness or disease, questions are based on commonly held beliefs).
Average, 20 Qns, jane6677, Sep 06 23
Sep 06 23
4582 plays
  The Good, the Bad and the Cholesterol   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Good and bad fats in our blood, good and bad fats in our diet - it's easy to become confused! But with over 50% of people in the developed world facing the consequences of dyslipidemia, perhaps it's worth taking this quiz.
Tough, 10 Qns, uglybird, Sep 30 07
1508 plays
  Vitamins - History and Basics   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz tests your knowledge of the history and basic biochemistry of vitamins. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, doublemm, Nov 27 19
doublemm gold member
Nov 27 19
773 plays
  Lose Weight Honestly?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Like many people I need to lose a few pounds. Sure I could eat right and exercise more but where is the fun in that? This quiz explores the world of weight loss and dieting. Come along, we might find a way to lose a pound or forty.
Average, 10 Qns, adam36, Oct 20 22
adam36 gold member
Oct 20 22
660 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Vitamin D is of particular importance for the developing skeleton. Which of these is a consequence of childhood vitamin D deficiency?

From Quiz "Vitamin "D"eification"

  Nutrition and Exercise    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A general nutrition and exercise quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, ladydoor, Dec 30 17
Dec 30 17
6552 plays
  Vitamins and Minerals   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How well do you know your vitamins and minerals? Play to find out! Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, lulublue24, Jun 15 22
Jun 15 22
3835 plays
  Vitamins - What They Do   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Following on from my quiz "Vitamins - History and Basics", this quiz takes a more detailed look at how vitamins and their derivatives are involved in biochemical processes in our bodies.
Average, 10 Qns, doublemm, Nov 27 19
doublemm gold member
Nov 27 19
422 plays
  Food Smarts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Scientists have learned that many diseases can be prevented or treated through proper nutrition. What do you know about the nutrients necessary for a healthy diet?
Average, 10 Qns, wampum47, Nov 10 19
Nov 10 19
536 plays
  Food and Energy    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will be about food and how you obtain energy from it. It will look at nutrients, energy and others. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, foil7, Jan 27 20
Jan 27 20
514 plays
  The Diet Meets the Disease   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hey, how's your diet? Give this quiz a try.
Average, 10 Qns, Ate_May, Aug 06 18
Aug 06 18
2304 plays
  Vitamins: the Good and Bad    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Vitamins are 'amines' that can not be manufactured by the body. However, they are absolutely 'vital' for a healthy prolonged life. Therefore, these 'Vital-Amines' became known as vitamins. They can be supplied by ingested foods or supplements.
Average, 10 Qns, YOMD39, Dec 21 21
Dec 21 21
1759 plays
  Do you take your Vitamins and Minerals?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients to the body, but even they need to be balanced. This quiz is about these essential nutrients. Have fun and good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, namastheg, Apr 28 21
Apr 28 21
1931 plays
  Isn't It "Iron"-ic?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about iron as it relates to your health? Scoring 10/10 on this quiz will give you a satisfied "FE"eling!
Difficult, 10 Qns, LilahDeDah, Apr 30 07
1153 plays
  Health: Blood Type and Diet    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
There is a diet on the market today which claims that the secret to success is matching the type of food you eat with your blood type. Following is a short quiz on the basics of the 'Eat Right for Your Type' plan.
Difficult, 5 Qns, ravenskye, Jun 01 06
1385 plays

Nutrition Trivia Questions

1. Lets start with the basics. What must occur in order for me to lose weight?

From Quiz
Lose Weight Honestly?

Answer: I must burn more calories than I eat

Finding a magic shortcut to weight loss remains one of the hottest selling items for health magazines, gyms and the medical industry. Over 60 billion dollars are spent on diet plans, food bars, pills and supplements in the US alone each year. Yet despite the plethora of diet miracles and cures why are more than 1.5 billion people worldwide considered overweight? The answer is unfortunately there is no magic cure for overeating and being overweight. The science of weight loss remains unchanged: a human body must burn more calories than is eaten to reduce total mass. At the same time research consistently concludes that physical activity, combined with reduced caloric intake and eating healthy foods, are the most efficient ways to control weight over the long term without harming your body.

2. Vitamins are named for their importance to our vitality. From this, we can gather that we need vitamins to live. But what other trait is required in order for something to be classed as a vitamin?

From Quiz Vitamins - History and Basics

Answer: The inability of the body to synthesise it

Vitamins therefore must be 1) essential for life and 2) unable to be produced in our bodies. Despite this, the definition of a vitamin remains rather vague. There are several compounds which fit the above description (the amino acid tryptophan, for example) that are not vitamins. The second point - that, by definition, we are unable to synthesise vitamins - means that we have to obtain these compounds from our external environment, hence the idea of eating five portions of fruit and veg a day and generally having a balanced diet.

3. (This quiz is based on US websites and medication.) The two types of "fat" molecules, triglyceride and cholesterol, are carried in microscopic globs in our blood stream such as LDL and HDL. What do these latter two terms stand for?

From Quiz The Good, the Bad and the Cholesterol

Answer: High-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein

Blood triglyceride and cholesterol is, for the most part, packed with proteins in particles such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Laboratories generally measure levels of triglyceride, cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein and then calculate the value of low-density lipoprotein from the other three utilizing the formula LDL = Cholesterol - HDL - Triglyceride/5. This is possible because, in the fasting state, the bulk of triglyceride is carried in VLDL (very low density lipoprotein), the bulk of cholesterol is carried in LDL, HDL and VLDL particles. When we eat, temporary triglyceride rich lipoproteins called "chylomicrons" are produced invalidating the above equation. It is possible but prohibitively expensive to measure LDL directly.

4. Riboflavin is a vitamin that is also known as:

From Quiz Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Growth

Answer: Vitamin B2

Riboflavin is necessary for good health and well being. It is found in cheese, almonds, eggs and broccoli.

5. Since this quiz is all about phytochemicals, perhaps we'd better get this question out of the way first. What exactly ARE phytochemicals?

From Quiz Eat Your Colors

Answer: Bioactive plant substances

Phytochemicals are nonnutritive (in other words, they have no calories and do not produce energy) plant chemicals that contain disease-preventing compounds. Hundreds of different phytochemicals have been discovered, and a single serving of a fruit or vegetable may contain dozens.

6. What is the chemical name of Vitamin A?

From Quiz Do you take your Vitamins and Minerals?

Answer: Retinol

This vitamin is necessary for maintaining healthy eye-sight, skin and hair. Deficiency of retinol leads to night-blindness, dry and scaly skin, defective teeth and retarded growth. Cod liver oil, butter, carrots, green leafy vegetables and yellow vegetables(such as papaya, mango and pumpkin) etc. are rich sources of retinol. Usually, it is taken in the form of tablets of cod liver oil. But this is a fat-soluble vitamin - meaning it dissolves in oil and not in water. Excess of it can damage the liver.

7. Which blood type is the 'Meat Eater' who has an overactive immune system and a hardy digestive tract?

From Quiz Health: Blood Type and Diet

Answer: Type O

8. Available from several vitamin manufacturers, a combination of zinc, vitamin C, and ____________, is used to shorten the duration of the common cold.

From Quiz Vitamins, Herbs, And Natural Healing

Answer: echinacea

One a Day and Celestial Seasonings both produce some sort of 'cold care' product with this effective vitamin-herb combination.

9. Vitamin B1 is also known as thiamine. A severe deficiency of this vitamin can lead to which disease?

From Quiz Vital Vitamins

Answer: Beriberi

Thiamine is found in many different food products, including brown rice, pork, oatmeal, liver and eggs. As with all vitamins of the B-complex, it is soluble in water, and thus not stored in large quantities in the body. An excess of vitamin B1 is quite rare, as normal urination gets rid of superfluous vitamin B. Severe lack of vitamin B1 may cause beriberi or the Wernicke-Korsakov-syndrome. Beriberi is a serious disease which can manifest itself in two different forms. The "wet" beriberi affects the cardiovascular system and can be recognized by very fast hart beat, shortness of breath and swelling of the legs. The "dry" form of the disease attacks the neural system, causing, for instance, numbness in the limbs, difficulty controlling leg movements, pain and confusion. Wernicke-Korsakov-syndrome is similar to the effects of prolonged alcohol abuse: confusion, memory loss or false memories, problems with the eyesight, intellectual dysfunctions (such as a slurred speech, problems with routine actions, or difficulty trusting one's senses). On the other hand there have been cases of an excess of vitamin B1, with symptoms such as drowsiness or relaxation of the muscles. Glossitis is an infection of the tongue and may be provoked by lack of vitamin B2. Dermatitis (skin infection) may be caused by lack of vitamin B7. Rickets is a condition of young children that don't receive enough vitamin D. Its symptoms are weak bones, slow growth, perhaps even skeleton deformities.

10. Which interesting sounding scientist came up with the name "vitamin"?

From Quiz Vitamins - History and Basics

Answer: Kazimierz Funk

Funk, as well as coining the name "vitamin", also discovered the first vitamin. It was known that eating brown rice helped to prevent the disease beri-beri. Funk therefore tried to isolate the compound in brown rice that was responsible for this. He succeeded in isolating what was to become vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is also called thiamine and, as its name suggests, this compound contains an amine group. The original name for this vital compound was therefore a "vitamine", but the "e" was dropped after some newly discovered vitamins were found not to contain the amine group.

11. The term "dyslipidemia" is replacing the term "hyperlipidemia" because, whereas "hyperlipidemia" indicates elevated lipid levels, some lipid levels are favorable when high. Which lipid "packet" is considered "good cholesterol"?

From Quiz The Good, the Bad and the Cholesterol

Answer: HDL

Numerous clinical trials have established a strong relation between LDL and HDL levels and coronary artery disease with increasing LDL predicting increased risk and increasing HDL predicting reduced risk. The dependence of atherosclerotic disease to triglyceride levels is both less strong and codependent on LDL and HDL levels.

12. Which vitamin is added to many skin creams and lotions, with its main purpose being to protect against sun damage (UV light)?

From Quiz Vitamins and Minerals for Health and Growth

Answer: Vitamin E

Vitamin E has been added to many beauty products. It is found in nuts, fish and green leafy vegetables.

13. This is a white, crystalline substance which is very soluble in water. It is found in fresh fruits and vegetables but NOT in cereals. It has antioxidant properties.

From Quiz Vitamins and Minerals

Answer: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Blackcurrants contain more vitamin C than any other fruit with 200mg per 100g, compared with 54mg per 100g in oranges! Parsley also scores very highly with 190mg of vitamin C per 100g. However, eating that much parsley all at once would be very unlikely and pretty boring!

14. Niacin is the chemical name of which vitamin?

From Quiz Do you take your Vitamins and Minerals?

Answer: B3

It is water soluble. It is essential for maintaining healthy skin, a good digestive system and sound mental health. Deficiency of niacin causes 'pellagra', a disease characterized by (i) Dermatitis(bad skin), (ii)Diarrhoea, (iii) Dementila(mental deterioration). Pellagra is common among people depending mainly on maize as maize interferes with the absorption of vitamin B4. Eating groundnuts, lean meat, liver, whole grain cereals, milk, beans, fish etc. prevents this disease.

15. Which type commonly has a sensitive digestive tract and would do best on a primarily vegetarian diet?

From Quiz Health: Blood Type and Diet

Answer: A

16. Which form of natural healing often requires the patient to place small white pellets of special remedies under the tongue?

From Quiz Vitamins, Herbs, And Natural Healing

Answer: homeopathy

Homeopathy often involves sublingually dissolved pellets of specialized remedies. The principle behind the treatment is that illnesses can be cured by using small doses of the same substance that caused the ailment in the first place. Aromatherapy is based on the healing effects of essential oils and fragrances. Feng Shui is the process of directing chi energy via furniture arrangement and decorative placement.

17. What smell made some research subjects feel more vigorous and less frustrated with their exercise workouts?

From Quiz Nutrition and Exercise

Answer: peppermint

18. Which sugar is the major energy source for your body's cells?

From Quiz Food and Energy

Answer: Glucose

Glucose is a type of simple carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are nutrients composed of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. They are a major source of energy. Carbohydrates come in two types, simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are called sugars, with glucose being one of them. Most foods do not contain a lot of it so the body then converts other types of sugars into glucose as it is the form of sugar the body can most easily use. Foods that contain simple carbohydrates are brownies, watermelons, and milk. Complex carbs are made of many sugar molecules linked together. Starches and fibers are one type of it. They are both found in plants. Types of foods with complex carbs are yellow corn, wheat bread, and pasta. Nutritionists recommend that 45-65% of Calories in a diet come from carbohydrates.

19. What is the caveman diet?

From Quiz Lose Weight Honestly?

Answer: Eating only foods available to early hunter-gatherer societies

The caveman or paleolithic diet is a scheme based on eating plants and wild animals similar to what cavemen were presumed to have eaten before the introduction of food processing. The theory is that hunter-gatherer societies did not suffer from obesity and that the introduction of new foodstuffs and cooking techniques increased people's weight. Thus by eating only the foods available to early man a modern person can return to the body weight of their ancestors. Fans of the paleolithic diet claim it is the biologically appropriate diet for humans with a proper balance of nutrients to promote health and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. The type of foods you can eat on the caveman diet include animal meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruits, and berries. But a true Paleolithic diet is impossible to recreate as wild game is not readily available and most animal proteins come from domesticated sources. What you will not find in this diet are any dairy, grains, sugar, beans, potatoes, processed oils, and any foods that were grown after agriculture started. You would have little or no salt or any liquids other than water or pure fruit juices. You will not be able to use cooking oils or any processed foods. Since the caveman both hunted and gathered, exercise remains a key element of the diet. Nutritionists do not have any real health concerns with this diet and actually support the notion that a well regimented caveman diet will produce healthy weight loss. However the extreme limitations of the diet both in terms of the foods available and the cooking techniques make the problem with the diet age old as well. Broken down to its basics the paleolithic diet is a diet that says by eating less fat, healthy natural foods, no alcohol or sugar combined with exercise you can lose weight. If we could do that we would not be overweight in the first place.

20. This bean, originating in East Asia, has been used as a starting product for other products such miso, tofu and its own oil. Which bean is this?

From Quiz Fitness Foods: Facts, Fats and Figures

Answer: Soybean

Soybean is a complete protein and is often called "meat without bones" in China. For maximum nutritional value, soy should be eaten in its bean form using wet heat to strip away the toxic outer covering. Some nutritional value is lost when soy is processed into oil or vegetable-based products.

21. Vitamins can be separated into two general groups. One group is soluble in water. What are the second group of vitamins soluble in?

From Quiz Vitamins - History and Basics

Answer: Lipid

This distinction - water-soluble vs. lipid-soluble - is not unique to vitamin biochemistry, but is instead found in several aspects of this topic. Generally, water-soluble compounds can also be described as hydrophilic (water-loving) or polar, whereas lipid-soluble compounds are said to be hydrophobic (water-hating) or non-polar. These distinctions may seem trivial, but are important to pretty much every aspect of biology. Without the physico-chemical properties implied by the terms polar and non-polar, our cells would not be able to form, DNA could not be held in its double helix structure, and proteins could not fold.

22. Mr. WWW is diagnosed with ___________. He was instructed to follow a gluten-free diet.

From Quiz The Diet Meets the Disease

Answer: Celiac disease

The protein gluten is poison to people with celiac disease. Gluten is present in barley, rye, oats and wheat. Special gluten-free breads and pastas are available. They are made with potato, rice, soy, or bean flour.

23. Together with calcium, this is an essential constituent of bones and teeth. It is present in all living cells where it is involved in the release of energy. As it is found in most foods, dietary deficiency has never been recorded.

From Quiz Vitamins and Minerals

Answer: Phosphorus

Energy produced by the oxidation of glucose is stored in cells in high-energy PHOSPHATE compounds. The breaking down of these compounds releases energy when required. Phosphorus is also needed for the formation of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA

24. Deficiency of vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, causes a disease called what?

From Quiz Do you take your Vitamins and Minerals?

Answer: Ariboflavinosis

Deficiency of riboflavin causes fissure of skin(cracking of skin) in the corners of the mouth, soreness and inflammation of mouth and tongue. It also causes photo-phobia and may lead to cataract. Its deficiency also retards growth. Its main sources are milk, peas, beans, yeast, meat, egg and green leafy vegetables. Pernicious anaemia is caused by the deficiency of Vitamin B12. The other two are caused by the deficiency of Ca, P and/or Vitamin D in children(rickets)and adults(osteomalacia).

25. Which type is known as 'The Dairy Eater' and has the most flexible dietary choices?

From Quiz Health: Blood Type and Diet

Answer: Type B

26. Which disease is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)?

From Quiz Vitamins: the Good and Bad

Answer: Scurvy

A deficiency of ascorbic acid in the diet causes a weakness of the capillaries, bleeding gums, anemia, and severe weakness. Scurvy was common in prisoners on poor diets and in sailors, with inadequate nutrients, during long trips at sea. In 1753 James Lind, a Scotsman and physician's apprentice, wrote 'A Treatise of the Scurvy'. He established that adding oranges and lemons to the diet cured the disease. He showed that apple juice was not effective and, thus, the curative substance was in citrus fruits.

27. Nicotinamide sounds as if it is related to smoking, but smoking will not provide you with this vitamin. Which vitamin can come as nicotinamide?

From Quiz Vital Vitamins

Answer: Vitamin B3

Nicotinamide is one of the different forms of vitamin B3 (niacin is one of the others). Vitamin B3 can be found in a wide variety of foods, including fish and eggs as well as (for those who follow a vegetarian diet) mushrooms and tree nuts. Lack of vitamin B3 can cause pellagra, a disease that is (oversimplified) said to have four symptoms: diarrhoea, dermatitis (skin inflammation), dementia and death. Pellagra in western countries can result from long-term alcohol abuse but also from some chronic diseases or from some medication. In developing countries the risk of pellagra is higher because of other dietary habits. On the other hand, severe overconsumption of vitamin B3 can cause liver damage. The US administration advises a daily intake of 14 to 16 mg for adults, while an overdose is usually observed only at 2 grams per day (so more than hundred times the recommended dose).

28. What are some all-natural foods that contain substances which combat the effects of arthritis?

From Quiz Food Smarts

Answer: Soybeans, olive oil, broccoli, and dairy products

On their website, the Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation provides a list of 12 foods that fight inflammation and/or boost immunity for arthritis sufferers. Different foods on the list fight different forms of arthritis: Soybeans and olive oil are good for rheumatoid arthritis, and both broccoli and dairy products assuage the effects of osteoarthritis.

29. Vitamin B12 is important in myelin stability (which keeps our nervous system functional). It is used as a cofactor in many enzymatic reactions and is the chemically most complex vitamin. What trace element is found in vitamin B12?

From Quiz Vitamins - What They Do

Answer: Cobalt

Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin and several other names) is structurally similar to the porphyrin ring system found in haem proteins such as haemoglobin. Instead of iron, which is found in haemoglobin, vitamin B12 contains a cobalt ion. It acts as a cofactor in many enzymatic reactions, including those rare reactions which involve the "swapping" of alkyl groups with hydrogen atoms on adjacent carbons. Vitamin B12 is also important for brain functionality, as a deficiency can lead to myelin damage, and the progression of Alzheimer's. A lack of vitamin B12 is associated with pernicious anaemia/megaloblastic anaemia. This is unlikely to arise from a lack of vitamin B12 in our diets, since we only require tiny amounts of this vitamin. Instead, pernicious anaemia is usually caused by a disease which means people do not produce sufficient amounts of intrinsic factor in their stomachs. This intrinsic factor is a glycoprotein that is needed for the uptake of dietary vitamin B12.

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