Digestive Health Test

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Digestive Health Test

1. How long does it take to digest an average meal?

  1. 8 to 12 hours
  2. 12 to 24 hours
  3. 48 hours
2. How much saliva do you produce each day?
  1. 1 cup
  2. 4 cups
  3. 6 cups
3.  How many servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains should you eat daily?
  1. 1 serving
  2. 3 servings
  3. 5 servings
4. What is the maximum daily recommended percentage of calories from fat?
  1. 20 percent
  2. 30 percent
  3. 40 percent
5. How much do Americans spend on laxatives each year?
  1. $10 million
  2. $100 million
  3. $1 billion
6. Why is fiber essential to a healthy digestive tract?
  1. It acts as a natural laxative.
  2. It fills you up so you don’t overeat.
  3. It keeps food moving through the digestive tract.
  4. All of the above.
7.  What is the most common digestive illness seen by doctors today?
  1. Irritable bowel syndrome
  2. Heartburn
  3. Intestinal parasites
8. How much money do Americans spend on dietary supplements each year?
  1. $10 million
  2. $1 billion
  3. $14 billion
9. Which cereal has more bran?
  1. Frosted corn flakes
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Bran flakes
1. Correct answer is b): A normal meal takes between 12 and 24 hours to digest completely.
2. Correct answer is c): We typically produce 6 cups, or 1.5 quarts, of saliva each day.
3. Correct answer is c): Each of us should eat five servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains each day.
4. Correct answer is b): Calories from fat should not exceed 30 percent of total calories consumed each day.
5. Correct answer is c): Americans spend nearly $1 billion (actually about $900 million) on laxatives annually.
6. Correct answer is d): Fiber acts as a natural laxatives, gives us a “full” feeling that keeps us from overeating and keeps food moving smoothly through the digestive tract.
7. Correct answers is a): Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common digestive condition about which people see their doctor each year.

8. Correct answers is c): Americans spend a breathtaking $14 billion on dietary supplements each year.

9. Correct answers is c): Bran flakes have more fiber than most other cereals.


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