Nutrition IQ (cont.)

Are you a good cook? We're not asking about how things taste but rather about your healthy cooking habits. Here's a quiz to find out.

1. Adding salt to water will make food cook faster.

True or false?

2. Add fresh herbs at the end of cooking time to get the most flavor from them.

True or false?

3. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg in a recipe to cut down on cholesterol.

True or false?

4. You can substitute fat-free or low-fat margarine for regular margarine or butter in most recipes.

True or false?

5. Olive oil should be substituted for other types of oils when frying.

True or false?

6. You can leave out half the sugar in most recipes for baked goods.

True or false?

7. In recipes calling for alcohol or wine, the alcohol disappears after cooking for 30 minutes.

True or false?

Answers:
1) F. Salt slightly raises the boiling temperature of the water, but not enough to make food cook faster. It can make vegetables and legumes tough and it increases sodium.
2) T;
3) T;
4) F. Most fat-free or low-fat products have a high water content that affects how recipes turn out.
5) F. Olive oil has a low smoke point, so it scorches easily at high temperatures. You are better off using canola oil, peanut oil or safflower oil.
6) T. You need to leave in at least 1/4 cup of sugar, honey or molasses for every cup of flour or it will affect the texture of the finished product.
7) F. About 35 percent of the alcohol remains.

Source: Mayo Clinic Foundation