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Nutrition Balderdash


I keep seeing this commercial for the game Balderdash (you know the one that asks what a laminak is). I’ve played it and it’s really fun but definitely challenging! Basically, within each category, the cards contain little known but true statements about people, words, movies, laws, etc. The players make up phony answers, read them off along with the correct answer, then vote on the real answer. So, being a game lover, I thought I’d create a food/nutrition edition. Ok, here we go:

Which of the following is the correct definition for the term formononetin:

A) The chemical reaction that causes burnt toast to taste burnt.

B) A phytochemical found in legumes.

C) The name of the formula dietitians use to calculate an individual’s calorie needs.

D) The technical name for the process by which gelatin solidifies.

Here’s one more.

Which of the following is the correct definition for the term ciguatera:

A) A toxin found in more than 300 species of Caribbean and South Pacific fish.

B) A phytochemical found in carrots that specifically protects lung cells.

C) An enzyme that digests carbohydrates.

D) A type of dietary fiber found in cabbage.

Check tomorrow’s post for the answers!

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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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