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Meat & Potato Quiz: Test Your Food IQ

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meatandpotatoes.jpgDoes the idea of a juicy steak and fully loaded baked potato make your mouth water and tummy growl? Well, we've got the perfect quiz for you.

Answer the questions below to test your knowledge on the "the meat and potatoes" behind red meat and cancer risk.

1. How much red meat should a person eat?

a. You shouldn't eat any red meat -- no amount is safe.
b. You can eat as much red meat as you like as long as you eat it before 6:00 p.m.
c. You shouldn't eat more than three, six-ounce (cooked) servings of red meat per week.

2. What does eating red meat have to do with cancer?

a. Red meat contains substances that have been linked to colorectal cancer.
b. People who eat red meat every day are less likely to get cancer.
c. There's no connection between red meat and cancer.

3. Are there any healthy red meat or beef options?

a. Yes, eating well-cooked red meat is less likely to cause cancer than eating rare red meat.
b. Yes, meats with "loin" in their name are less fatty and generally healthier.
c. Yes, eating charred red meat is healthier.

4. How can I safely get the protein I need?

a. Low-fat fish, chicken and turkey are all healthy options.
b. Non-meat protein sources, such as beans, edamame, eggs and dairy items like low-fat cheese are all healthy options.
c. All of the above.

5. What about potatoes? Are they a healthy choice?

a. Potatoes are healthy in small servings -- no more than one medium baked potato or a half-cup of cooked red potatoes per meal.
b. Potatoes have no nutritional benefits. They only make you fat.
c. None of the above.

ANSWERS: 1, c; 2, a; 3, b; 4, c; 5, a

If you didn't get all five questions right or still have questions on this meaty subject, check out the latest issue of Focused on Health. You'll learn more about how to eat meat and potatoes without increasing your cancer risk.

We've also separated fact from fiction on common cancer myths.

Plus, we've got tips to help men stay healthy and in cancer-fighting shape at every stage of life. You'll also find our updated men's screening exam checklist and women's screening exam checklist that you can download and share with your doctor.

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