Nutrition for Teens

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Quiz: Do You Understand Nutrition for Teens?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

Generally, boys go through a growth spurt around the age of 12, and girls around the age of 14.

Explanation:
Teens need more calories and nutrients including protein, calcium, and iron, but the challenge can be getting them to make healthy choices. Generally, boys go through a growth spurt around the age of 14, and girls around the age of 12.
2

Teens usually need 3,000 calories per day.

Explanation:
While nutritional needs will vary, usually your teen should aim for a 2,000 calorie diet each day.
3

Fat should make up 25 to 35 percent of a teen’s total calories each day.

Explanation:
Teens should choose unsaturated fats over saturated fats whenever possible, which are found in olive oil, fatty fish like salmon and nuts and seeds. Fat should make up 25 to 35 percent of a teen’s total calories each day.
4

Soda and artificially sweetened fruit juices are full of empty calories.

Explanation:
Soda and artificially sweetened fruit juices are full of empty calories and should be replaced with water or low-fat/fat-free milk whenever possible.
5

Teens should be active for 20 minutes or more every day of the week.

Explanation:
Teens should be active for 60 minutes or more every day of the week, and should include a range of activities he or she enjoys, whether it’s biking to school, swimming or walking the dog.