Dietary Habits Survey

40 Questions

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Survey Quizzes & Trivia

How good is your diet? Find out with this simple nutrition quiz. . . . . . . Make sure you snip your results for a portion of your assignment. The 40 questions will help you focus on the key features of your diet. The answers will be assigned a point value that will provide you with a rating of your diet at the end of the survey (recognize there is debate in the nutritional and scientific community on some of these questions). Pay attention to items that you do not know or maybe don't even understand (what is a cruciferous veggie anyways? ) We will discuss them. The Grand Total rates your overall diet on a scale from "Super" to "Oh Boy!. " The quiz focuses on fat, sodium, sugar, fiber and vitamins A and C. It does not attempt to cover everyth


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    After cooking, how large is the serving of red meat you usually eat ? (3 ounces of meat is the equivalent of a deck of cards)
    • A. 

      Don't eat red meat

    • B. 

      8 oz or more

    • C. 

      3 or less

    • D. 

      4-5 ounces

    • E. 

      6-7 ounces

  • 2. 
    How many times a week do you eat unprocessed red meat (steak, roast beef, lamb or pork chops, burgers, etc.)?
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1 or less

    • C. 

      2-3

    • D. 

      4-5

    • E. 

      6 or more

  • 3. 
    Do you trim the visible fat when you cook or eat red meat?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      Sometimes

    • D. 

      Don't Eat Red Meat

  • 4. 
    How many times a week do you eat precessed meats (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, bologna, luncheon meats, etc.)?
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      Less than 1

    • C. 

      1

    • D. 

      2-3

    • E. 

      4+

  • 5. 
    What kind of ground meat or poultry do you usually eat?
    • A. 

      Regular ground

    • B. 

      Lean ground

    • C. 

      Extra lean ground

    • D. 

      Ground round

    • E. 

      Ground turkey

    • F. 

      Don't eat ground meat

  • 6. 
    What type of bread, rolls, bagels etc., do you usually eat?
    • A. 

      100% whole wheat or other whole grain

    • B. 

      Whole wheat as 1st or 2nd ingredient (not true whole grain)

    • C. 

      Rye, pumpernickel, or oatmeal

    • D. 

      French or Italian

    • E. 

      White fluffy bread

  • 7. 
    How many servings of non-fried vegetables do you eat on an average day ? (One serving=½ cup, about a handful)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2-3

    • D. 

      4 or more

  • 8. 
     How many times a week do you eat deep fried foods (fish, chicken, vegetables, potatoes etc.)?
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      Usually 1 or less

    • C. 

      Usually 2 or more

    • D. 

      5+

  • 9. 
     How many servings of crusiferous vegetables do you usually eat per week (ONLY count kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, greens, bok choy, kohlrabi turnip and rutabaga. One serving = ½ cup.)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1-3

    • C. 

      4-6

    • D. 

      6 or more

  • 10. 
    How many servings of vitamin A rich fruits or vegetables do you usually eat per week? (ONLY count carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, spinach, winter squash, greens, apricots, and broccoli)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1-2

    • C. 

      3-4

    • D. 

      4-6+

  • 11. 
    How many times per week do you eat at a fast-food restaurant? (Include burgers, fried fish or chicken, croissant or biscuit sandwiches, topped potatoes, and other main dishes. Omit meals of just plain baked potato, broiled chicken or salad.)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      Less than 1 on average

    • C. 

      1

    • D. 

      2-3

    • E. 

      4 or more

  • 12. 
    How many servings of whole grains rich in complex carbohydrates do you eat per day? (One serving = 1 slice of bread. 1 large pancake, 1 cup cold cereal, ½ cup cooked cereal, brown rice, pasta, bulgar, wheat berries, kasha, or millet. Omit heavily sweetened cold cereals.)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1-3

    • C. 

      4-5

    • D. 

      6-8

    • E. 

      9+

  • 13. 
    How many times per week do you eat cheese? (Including pizza, cheeseburgers, veal or eggplant Parmigiana, cream cheese, etc. Omit lowfat or fat free cheeses.)
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2-3

    • D. 

      4+

  • 14. 
    How many times per week do you eat fish or shellfish? (Omit deep-fried items like fried shrimp/squid)
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      3 or more

  • 15. 
    How many servings of fresh fruit do you consume per day (fruit snacks or roll-ups don't count).
    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      3

    • E. 

      4+

  • 16. 
    Do you remove the skin before eating poultry (chicken, turkey, etc.)
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      Sometimes

    • C. 

      No

    • D. 

      Don't eat meat or poultry

  • 17. 
    What do you usually put on your bread, toast or bagel? (Pick the one that you mostly use).
    • A. 

      Cream cheese or butter

    • B. 

      Peanut butter

    • C. 

      Low fat margine

    • D. 

      Jam or honey

    • E. 

      Nothing

  • 18. 
    Which of these beverages do you drink on a typical day
    • A. 

      Only water, hardly ever any pop or juices

    • B. 

      Mostly water, some juice occasional soda rarely

    • C. 

      Some water, a lot of soda, juices and other drinks

    • D. 

      I drink a lot of soda, juices, energy drinks...I don't like plain water

  • 19. 
    Which flavorings do you most frequently add to your foods? 
    • A. 

      Garlic/lemon juice

    • B. 

      Herbs/spices

    • C. 

      Olive oil

    • D. 

      Salt or soy

    • E. 

      Margarine/butter

  • 20. 
    What do you eat most frequently as a snack?
    • A. 

      Fruits and veggies

    • B. 

      Nuts, granola, or yogurt (natural-based snacks)

    • C. 

      Pretzels and low calorie small snacks

    • D. 

      Candy, pastries, cookies (I have a sweet tooth)

    • E. 

      I don't snack much

  • 21. 
    What is your most typical breakfast?
    • A. 

      I don't eat breakfast

    • B. 

      Donuts, croissants, danishs and items like pop tarts

    • C. 

      Pancakes or waffles

    • D. 

      Whole grain cereal or bread

    • E. 

      Low fat yogurt or cottage cheese

  • 22. 
    How many times a week do you eat desert?
    • A. 

      Never or rarely

    • B. 

      1-2

    • C. 

      3-4

    • D. 

      Most days

  • 23. 
    What do you usually eat for dessert?
    • A. 

      I don't usually eat desert

    • B. 

      Fruit

    • C. 

      Frozen yogurt or ice milk

    • D. 

      Non-fat ice cream or sorbet

    • E. 

      Icecream

    • F. 

      Pastry, pie, or cake

  • 24. 
    How many times a week do you eat beans, peas or lentils?
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      3

    • E. 

      4 or more

  • 25. 
    What kind of milk do you drink?
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      Organic milk

    • C. 

      Skimmed milk

    • D. 

      1% low fat

    • E. 

      2% milk

    • F. 

      Whole milk

  • 26. 
    What dressings do you usually add to your salads?
    • A. 

      Nothing, lemon or vinegar or olive oil

    • B. 

      Fat free dressing

    • C. 

      Reduced calorie dressing

    • D. 

      Regular dressings

    • E. 

      Croutons, bacon bits, cheese and the works

  • 27. 
    What sandwich fillings do you eat most frequently? 
    • A. 

      Luncheon meat (salami, roast beef, etc.)

    • B. 

      Cheese or beef

    • C. 

      Peanut butter

    • D. 

      Tuna or chicken salad

    • E. 

      Low sodium poultry based lunch meat (chicken/turkey)

    • F. 

      Don't eat

  • 28. 
    What do you usually spread on your sandwhiches (the most).
    • A. 

      Mayo

    • B. 

      Light mayo

    • C. 

      Mustard

    • D. 

      Ketchup

    • E. 

      Nothing

  • 29. 
    How many ounces of soda or energy drinks do you consume on an average day?
    • A. 

      0 per day, don't drink soda

    • B. 

      12 ounces (maybe 1 a week)

    • C. 

      24 ounces (usually 2 a day)

    • D. 

      12 ounces (a pop a day)

    • E. 

      More than 24 ounces + (2 pops or more per day)

  • 30. 
    How many times per week do you eat canned or dried soup? (Omit low-sodium, lowfat soups.)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1-2

    • C. 

      3-4

    • D. 

      5+

  • 31. 
    How many servings of a rich source of calcium do you eat per day? (One serving = 2/3 cup milk or yogurt, 1oz. Cheese, 1 ½ oz. Sardines, 3 ½ oz. Salmon, 5 oz. Tofu, 1 cup greens or broccoli, or 500 mg of a calcium supplement.)
    • A. 

      None

    • B. 

      1

    • C. 

      2

    • D. 

      3+

  • 32. 
    What do you usually order on your pizza (Non-meat toppings include green peppers, mushrooms, onions and veggies).
    • A. 

      No cheese with veggies

    • B. 

      Cheese with vegetables

    • C. 

      Don't eat pizza

    • D. 

      Cheese

    • E. 

      Cheese with meat toppings

  • 33. 
    What kind of frozen desert do you usually eat?
    • A. 

      Gourmet ice cream (think ColdStone, Ben and Jerry's)

    • B. 

      Regular ice cream

    • C. 

      Sorbet or sherbet

    • D. 

      Frozen yogurt or ice milk or non fat icecream

    • E. 

      I don't eat icecream

  • 34. 
    What kind of cake or pastry do you usually eat?
    • A. 

      Cheesecake, pie or any microwave cake

    • B. 

      Cake with frosting or filling or cupcakes

    • C. 

      Cake without frosting

    • D. 

      Angel cake

    • E. 

      Unfrosted muffins or banana bread

    • F. 

      Don't eat cakes or pastries

  • 35. 
    What do you usually put in your pasta?
    • A. 

      Tomato (red) based sauce with little or no cheese

    • B. 

      White clam sauce

    • C. 

      Meat sauce or meat balls

    • D. 

      Alfredo or other creamy or heavy/oily sauce

  • 36. 
    The last several questions refer to your dietary habits or patterns. How would you describe your food consumption in terms of number of meals?
    • A. 

      Try to space out my meals-a lot of smaller meals throughout the day (5 or so small meals). Never too full or too hungry.

    • B. 

      I try to eat smaller meals throughout the day but it's hard based on my schedule.

    • C. 

      Try to have 3 meals a day and one is usually a lot more than others..

    • D. 

      Skip many meals and eat a ton at night or at once when I'm finally hungry

  • 37. 
    How often do you skip meals.
    • A. 

      Rarely or never

    • B. 

      Once in great awhile

    • C. 

      1-3 times a week

    • D. 

      I end up doing this a lot

  • 38. 
    I take a multivitamin based on my parents or doctors advice. (Recognize that Multi-vitamins are not the fix to a poor diet).
    • A. 

      I don't need to because my diet is healthy.

    • B. 

      I do based on some deficiencies I may have (or my parents telling me to)

    • C. 

      I don't take one but know my diet is ok

    • D. 

      I don't and know my diet could use an overhaul as well

  • 39. 
    Which of the following best explains how/why you eat.
    • A. 

      I eat because I am hungry and eat with a purpose when choosing my foods.

    • B. 

      I eat when I am hungry and attempt to eat fairly well.

    • C. 

      I eat sporadically and sometimes when I am not hungry but try not to overdo on most things.

    • D. 

      I don't put much thought into how or why I eat.

  • 40. 
    Which of the following best describes you and your family when it comes to nutrition and food choices.  Your family has a large influence on how, when and what you eat.....hopefully you can bring some lessons home to add positive changes!
    • A. 

      We are interested in nutrition and it is important to me/us. You could tell when you eat at our house.

    • B. 

      We don't try too hard but we eat mostly healthy.

    • C. 

      Our family or I aren't interested in nutrition but we also are not the worse!

    • D. 

      My family and I could use a complete overhaul of nutrition.