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Quiz: Do You Need a Multivitamin?

Quiz: Do You Need a Multivitamin?



How do you know if you should be taking multivitamins? Well, your mom's nagging you about it may be one clue. But you can also figure things out for yourself by taking the following quiz. Answering these questions may help you calculate whether you're getting enough essential vitamins and minerals through what you eat—or whether you should think about heading for the vitamin aisle of your local pharmacy or health food store.

Note: This quiz is for people who are not vegetarians or vegans. To learn more about the specific nutrient needs of non-meat eaters, check out Vitamins for Veggies.

Click on "true" or "false" after each of the following questions. If you need help figuring out what a serving is, you can refer to the Food Guide Pyramid.

On most days I eat at least 3 servings of fruit.
True
False

I am often on a diet and really try to keep my calorie count down.
True
False

I generally eat the same foods every day.
True
False

On most days I eat at least 9 servings of grains, such as bread, cereal, rice, and pasta.
True
False

On most days I eat at least 4 servings of vegetables.
True
False

Sometimes when I'm busy, I skip meals. I frequently go an entire day without eating anything at all from one or more of the following food groups:
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • grains, bread, cereal, rice, and pasta
  • milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • meat, poultry, fish, tofu, soy, eggs, nuts, dried beans
True
False

On most days I eat 2 servings of lean meat, poultry, fish, tofu, dry beans, eggs, or nuts.
True
False

On most days I eat at least 3 servings of dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or cheese.
True
False
Last Modified Date: 4/4/2001