Milk-dairy Myth Busting Quiz

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All Dairy products are healthy, right? Well, that’s not quite true. But on the other hand many Australians aren’t getting enough dairy in their diet. With so many myths floating around about this food group, it can be tricky to separate fact from fiction. Take our quiz and see how dairy savvy you are…


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    All fats are bad for you, right? Well, actually that’s not true. Which of these types of fat are in fact healthy fats? (Choose two):

    • A.

      Saturated fats

    • B.

      Monounsaturated fats

    • C.

      Polyunsaturated fats

    • D.

      Trans fats

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Monounsaturated fats
    C. Polyunsaturated fats
    Explanation
    Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats are actually good for us and help to reduce our LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels (which in turn reduces your risk of heart disease) if you follow a healthy balanced diet low in saturated fat.

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  • 2. 

    On average in Australia, we are eating nearly twice the amount of unhealthy saturated fat than the recommended intake. True or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Australians are consuming nearly twice the amount of saturated fat than the recommended intake. Currently Australians consume 14% of energy from saturated fat. The Heart Foundation recommendation is to reduce saturated fat to 7% of total energy.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following dairy foods is the main contributor of unhealthy saturated fat to the Australian diet?

    • A.

      Cheese

    • B.

      Yoghurt

    • C.

      Milk

    • D.

      Butter

    Correct Answer
    C. Milk
    Explanation
    Surprisingly, milk is the main contributor of unhealthy saturated fat to the Australian diet because it is consumed almost every day by nearly everybody. Nevertheless, milk is an important part of a healthy diet so don’t stop drinking it, just swap to a reduced or no fat variety. This simple swap can add up to a big reduction in the saturated fat in your family’s diet. For example, by choosing a ‘skinny’ cappuccino, or using reduced or no fat milk in your coffee or tea, you could remove a whopping one kilo of saturated fat from your diet in just one year (based on three cups a day).

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  • 4. 

    Reduced fat milk is watered down to make it healthier.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Although reduced fat and skim milk aren’t as creamy as full fat milk, this is not because they have been watered down. Fat reduced milks are always healthier because they contain less saturated fat (per 100g) and are a valuable source of calcium in our diet.

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  • 5. 

    When should I introduce reduced fat milk into my children’s diets?

    • A.

      From one year

    • B.

      From two years

    • C.

      From three years

    Correct Answer
    B. From two years
    Explanation
    It is recommended that you give reduced fat milk (and other reduced fat dairy products) to your children from the age of two years. It is best to wait until the age of five before introducing them to skim milk. If you are trying to get older kids drinking reduced fat milk, start by giving them half full cream and half reduced. Gradually reduce the quantity of full cream milk over time and they’ll never notice the difference! Milk is a really nutritious drink for kids of all ages: it is just a matter of the right milk at the right age.

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  • 6. 

    My children don’t drink plain milk: its ok for me to give them flavoured milk, right?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True! As children move into adolescence, the time when they need the most calcium, they tend to drink less milk and more sugary soft drinks. Because milk is a nutritious food, parents should feel OK when encouraging children over two years of age to drink reduced fat flavoured milk rather than soft drinks. However, since most flavoured milk varieties contain added sugar; plain reduced fat milk is the preferred option.

    In fact, most of our kids aren’t getting all the milk they need: 75% of Mums of 4-11 year olds, and an overwhelming 92% of Mums with teenagers, say that their kids aren’t getting their recommended two serves of milk a day. It is much better for kids to drink flavoured reduced fat milk than no milk at all. Source: Online poll, MotherInc, May 2006

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  • 7. 

    You should avoid drinking milk if you have a cold.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False! This is a very common myth but there is very little evidence to support this idea. What people often mistake for an increase in mucus at the back of the throat after drinking milk is just the texture of the milk itself. Avoiding milk certainly won’t get rid of your cold any quicker! We recommend consulting a Dietitian for personalised dietary advice if you are concerned. Source: Dairy Australia

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  • 8. 

    If I want to lose weight I should cut out dairy products from my diet.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False! This is another common myth but if you cut dairy out of your diet you may be missing out on important nutrients. In fact, some research suggests that those with an already low dairy intake may benefit from greater weight loss with
    three serves of dairy a day (as part of a calorie controlled diet). Eating a balanced diet, which includes reduced fat dairy products, is the best way to go about losing weight sensibly. Source: Dairy Australia.

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  • 9. 

    How many tonnes of cheese did Australia produce in 2009/2010?

    • A.

      3,494

    • B.

      34,940

    • C.

      349,400

    Correct Answer
    C. 349,400
    Explanation
    That’s right: Australia produced a staggering 349,400 tonnes of cheese in 2009-2010! (Source: Dairy Australia)
    To make sure that you and your family are getting a balanced diet, it is fine to eat small portions of reduced fat cheese (1-2 slices) up to four times week.

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