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In some countries, milk and cereal grains are ...

In some countries, milk and cereal grains are fortified with vitamin D. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about vitamins and minerals?  Do you know how to find them in foods and how much you need.  A recent report says that fortified foods may pose some health risks by providing too many of them at toxic levels especially in children.  Take the quiz below and check the answers below.


1.  Which of the following vitamins is water-soluble?  Circle all that apply.

a. vitamin A

b. vitamin C

c. vitamin B6

d. vitamin K

e. folic acid


2. Vitamin D is:

a. a hormone

b. made in your body with the help of sunight

c. found in fortified milk

d. all of the above

e. a and b only

3. You are enjoying a salad bar lunch.  You want to top your greens with vitamin-E rich foods.  You could choose:

a. olive and vinegar

b. chopped nuts

c.  avocado slices

d. all of the above

e. none of the above

4.  Beta-carotene is converted to which vitamin in the body?

a.  niacin

b.  riboflavin

c.  vitamin A

d.  vitamin K

e.  none of the above

5. A deficiency of niacin can cause:

a. rickets

b. beriberi

c. pellagra

d. scurvy

e. osteomalacia

6.  Which of the following are considered antioxidants?

a.  vitamin E

b.  vitamin K

c.  beta-carotene

d.  all of the above

e.  a and c only

7.  You are 55 years old (hypothetically) Which of the following would you might have trouble absorbing?

a.  The vitamin B12 in a piece of steak .

b. The vitamin B6 in liver.

c. The folate in spinach.

d.  The riboflavin in milk.

e.  The thiamin in bread.

8.  You are having raisin bran cereal with skim milk and a glass of orange juice for breakfast. The vitamin C in the orange juice will enhance the absorption of:

a.  the  calcium in milk

b. the vitamin D in fortified milk

c.  the iron in the cereal

d.  none of the above

e.  a and b only

9.  Folic acid can help reduce the risk of:

a.  acne

b.  neural tube defects

c.  night blindness

d. osteoporosis

e.  none of the above

10.  The USP seal on a supplement label means that it has been tested and show to:

a.  be free of contaminants .

b.  be manufactured using safe and sanitary procedures.

c.  contain the amount of the substance that is stated on the label.

d. all of the above.

e. a and b only.


1.  (b, c, e) Vitamins A and K are fat-soluble.

2.  (d)

3.  (d) Go for all of them.

4.  (c)  Beta-carotene is a provitamin found in yellow-red pigments in fruits and vegetables.

5.  (c)

6.  (e)  Vitamin K helps blood to clot.

7.  (a)  Some people over 50 have  reduced stomach acid required for B12 absorption.

8.  (c)  Vitamin D can help calcium absorption

9.  (b)  Need to consume prior to and first few weeks of pregnancy.

10. (d)










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