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By Barbara Quinn
The Monterey County Herald
Fall is a good time to:
a) think about the holidays;
b) get your cholesterol numbers checked;
c) eat a healthy breakfast;
d) eat more apples, tomatoes and zucchini.
All are correct.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke is:
a) the presidential election;
b) zucchini bread;
c): too much cholesterol in the blood.
Answer: c.

High blood cholesterol can:
a) be a walking time-bomb;
b) cause "hardening of the arteries";
c) block the flow of blood to the heart.
All are correct.

The two main causes for high blood cholesterol levels are:
a) Thanksgiving and Christmas;
b) genetics and lifestyle;
c) Democrats and Republicans.
Answer: b.

Saturated fat
a) is named because it saturates your body with fat;
b) can cause a rise in "bad" LDL cholesterol;
c) easy to identify on a food label.
Answer: b, c

People with diabetes or heart disease are wise to
a) eat more vegetables;
b) eat no more than 2 egg yolks a week;
c) not order buttered popcorn at the movies.
All are correct.

Strategies that can reduce high cholesterol levels include:
a) sew your mouth shut;
b) eat more soluble fiber;
c) exercise for at least 30 minutes most days.
Answer: b, c.

Soluble fiber is a substance in
a) giant Slurpees;
b) cooked beans;
c) oats;
d) apples.
Answer: b, c, d.

"TLC" stands for
a) Take Less Cream;
b) Treat LDL Cholesterol;
c) Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes to reduce the risk for heart disease.
Answer: c.

Proven lifestyle changes that can reduce dangerous levels of blood cholesterol include:
a) lose weight;
b) lose the remote control;
c) eat 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables every day.
Answer: All are correct.

"BOLD" stands for
a) Beware Of Little Donuts;
b) Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet;
c) a recent clinical trial that showed lean beef can be part of diet to lower cholesterol.
Answer: b, c.

Omega-3 fats in fish have been studied for their ability to
a) leap giant buildings in a single bound;
b) lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides;
c) prevent heart attacks.
Answer: b, c.

Nuts and avocados are
a) high in healthy monounsaturated fat;
b) good replacements for foods high in saturated fat;
c) yummy in salads.
Answer: All are correct.

Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Email her at
Story tags » Nutrition

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