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What Do You Know About Protein?

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1. Most Americans get enough protein in their diets.

The correct answer is TRUE. 

Most Americans get enough protein in their diets but may need to make leaner and more varied selections of the foods in the Protein Foods Group. These recommended choices include lean meats, seafood, and plant-based proteins such as dried peas and beans, and nuts.

2. All adults require the same amount of food from the Protein Foods Group.

The correct answer is FALSE.

The amount of food an adult needs from the Protein Foods Group depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity. The recommended amount varies between 5 to 7-ounce equivalents per day.


3. Protein Foods can contribute to sodium intake.

The correct answer is TRUE.  

Packaged and prepared meat, poultry, and seafood products are common sources of sodium (salt). Sodium is added to packaged foods during processing such as in curing meat, enhancing flavor, or as a preservative.

4. What food group are beans and peas counted in?

The correct answer is BOTH.

Beans and peas can be counted in either food group because they contain nutrients that are similar to foods in the Protein Foods Group (protein, iron, and zinc) and the Vegetable Group (fiber, potassium, and folate). Because of their high nutrient content, consuming dried beans and peas – and lentils, too – is recommended for everyone, including people who also eat meat, poultry, and seafood regularly. 

5. Which food is a vegetarian choice in the Protein Foods Group?

The correct answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE. 

Vegetarian choices in the Protein Foods Group include beans and peas, nuts, nut butters, and soy products such as tofu, tempeh, and veggie burgers.

6. Nuts and seeds are good sources of what?

The correct answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Nuts and seeds are good sources of protein, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamin E.

7. What are these?

The correct answer is ALMONDS.

These are almonds. Choose unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted nuts as a source of protein.

8. Foods in the Protein Foods Group provide protein, but which of these foods from that group is also a source of calcium?

The correct answer is SARDINES.

Eating canned fish with the bones, like sardines or anchovies, provides you with calcium. Because the bones are soft, they are edible.

9. Eat seafood in place of meat or poultry twice a week.

The correct answer is TRUE.

You should select a variety of seafood and include some that are higher in oils and low in mercury, such as salmon, trout, and herring.

10. Should you wash or rinse raw meat or poultry before you cook it?

The correct answer is NO.

Do not wash or rinse raw meat or poultry before you cook it. Washing can cause bacteria found on the surface of meat or poultry to be spread to ready-to-eat foods, kitchen utensils, and counter surfaces. This is called cross-contamination. Cooking (baking, broiling, boiling, and grilling) to the right temperature kills the bacteria.

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Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture

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