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Q. At a breakfast meeting they're serving blueberry scones, cream cheese bagels and butter croissants. What's the best choice?
A. Truthfully, most commercial baked goods offer too much sugar, fat, and carbohydrate with very little nutrition. The croissant is the lowest calorie option at 350 calories; the scone is 400 calories; cream cheese bagel is 500 calories. A better bet is to bring your own whole-grain cereal with some nuts.
Q. True or false: Organic and natural mean the same thing.
A. That would be false. The government actually has specific standards on organics, but "natural" is loosely defined and has no particular meaning. "All natural" is a marketing term.
Q. Which snack has the most sodium?
- 17 salt and vinegar potato chips
- 1 sourdough pretzel
- 1/4 cup salted peanuts
Q. The mineral potassium helps rev metabolism and works with other nutrients to keep bones strong. Which food has the most?
- 1 cup fat-free yogurt
- 1 medium banana
- 1 sweet potato
Q. When it comes to calcium, which one of these foods is NOT a good source: cottage cheese, fat-free milk, or a yogurt smoothie?
A. All of them contain calcium, but the way cottage cheese is processed, 75 percent of the calcium is removed. You'll get 70 milligrams per half-cup of cottage cheese, versus 150 mg from a cup of skim milk, or in this case, with Cascade's smoothie you'll get 35 percent of your daily needs.