Food Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
Food trivia quiz questions with answers about various foods
Food Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
What is food?
A: Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism.
Most food has its origin in what?
Some food is obtained directly from plants; but even
animals that are used as food sources are raised by feeding them what?
A: Food derived from plants.
Cereal grain is a staple food that provides more what?
A: More food energy worldwide than any other type of crop.
Corn (maize), wheat, and rice, in all of their varieties, account for what percentage of all grain production worldwide?
Most of the grain that is produced worldwide is used for what?
A: It’s fed to livestock.
Some foods not from animal or plant sources include various what?
A: Edible fungi, especially mushrooms.
Fungi and ambient bacteria are used in the preparation of fermented and pickled foods like what?
A: Leavened bread, alcoholic drinks, cheese, pickles, kombucha, and yogurt.
Another example is blue-green algae such as what?
Inorganic substances such as salt, baking soda and cream of tartar are used to do what?
A: Preserve or chemically alter an ingredient.
Many plants and plant parts are eaten as food and around how many plant species are cultivated for food?
Many of these plant species have what?
A: Several distinct cultivars.
Why are seeds of plants a good source of food for animals, including humans?
A: Because they contain the nutrients necessary for the plant's initial growth, including many healthful fats, such as omega fats.
The majority of foods consumed by human beings are what?
A: Seed-based foods.
Edible seeds include what?
A: Cereals (corn, wheat, rice, et cetera), legumes (beans, peas, lentils, et cetera), and nuts.
Oilseeds are often pressed to produce what?
A: Rich oils - sunflower, flaxseed, rapeseed (including canola oil), sesame, et cetera.
Seeds are typically high in what?
A: Unsaturated fats and, in moderation, are considered a
However, not all seeds are what?
Large seeds, such as those from a lemon, pose a what?
A: A choking hazard.
Seeds from cherries and apples contain what?
A: Cyanide which could be poisonous only if consumed in large volumes.
Fruits are the ripened what?
A: Ovaries of plants, including the seeds within.
Many plants and animals have coevolved such that the fruits of the former are what?
A: An attractive food source to the latter.
A: Because animals that eat the fruits
may excrete the seeds some distance away.
Fruits, therefore, make up a significant part of what?
A: The diets of most cultures.
Some botanical fruits, such as tomatoes
, pumpkins, and eggplants, are eaten as what?
are a second type of “what”, that is commonly eaten as food?
A: Plant matter.
Animals are used as food either directly or how?
A: Indirectly by the products they produce.
is an example of a direct product taken from an animal, which comes from what?
A: Muscle systems or from organs.
Food products produced by animals include
produced by what?
A: Mammary glands, which in many cultures is drunk or processed into dairy products (cheese
, butter, etc.).
and other animals lay what?
, which are often eaten.
Bees produce honey
, a reduced nectar from flowers, which is a what?
A: A popular sweetener in many cultures.
Some cultures consume blood
, sometimes in the form of what?
A: Blood sausage
, as a thickener for sauces, or in a cured, salted form for times of food scarcity.
Some cultures and people do not consume meat or animal food products for what reasons?
A: Cultural, dietary, health, ethical, or ideological reasons.
Vegetarians choose to forgo food from what?
A: Animal sources to varying degrees.
do not consume any foods that are or contain ingredients from what?
A: An animal source.
Most food has always been obtained through what?
With increasing concern over both the methods and products of modern industrial agriculture, there has been a growing trend toward what?
A: Sustainable agricultural practices.
This approach, partly fueled by consumer demand, encourages biodiversity, local self-reliance and what?
A: Organic farming methods.
Animals, specifically humans
, have what five different types of tastes?
A: Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami.
As animals have evolved, the tastes that provide the most
(sugar and fats) are the most pleasant to what?
A: Eat while others, such as bitter, are not enjoyable.
Water, while important for survival, has no what?
Fats, on the other hand, especially saturated fats, are thicker and rich and are thus considered what?
A: More enjoyable to eat.
Generally regarded as the most pleasant taste, sweetness is almost always caused by a type of what?
A: Simple sugar such as glucose or fructose, or disaccharides such as sucrose, a molecule combining glucose and fructose.
Complex carbohydrates are long chains and thus do not have the what?
A: Sweet taste.
Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose are used to mimic the sugar molecule, creating the sensation of sweet, without what?
A: The calories.
The stevia plant contains a compound known as steviol which, when extracted, has 300 times the what?
A: Sweetness of sugar.
Sourness is caused by the taste of what?
A: Acids, such as vinegar in alcoholic beverages.
Sour foods include citrus, specifically what?
A: Lemons, limes, and to a lesser degree oranges.
Sour is evolutionarily significant as it is a sign for a food that may have what?
A: Gone rancid due to bacteria.
Many foods, however, are slightly acidic, and help stimulate what?
A: The taste buds and enhance flavor.
Saltiness is the taste of what?
A: Alkali metal ions such as sodium and potassium.
It is found in almost every food in low to moderate proportions to what?
A: Enhance flavor.
There are many different types of
, with each having a different degree of saltiness, including what?
A: Sea salt, fleur de sel, kosher salt, mined salt, and grey salt.
Some canned foods, notably soups or packaged broths, tend to be high in salt as a means of what?
A: Preserving the food longer.
Historically salt has long been used as a meat preservative as salt promotes what?
A: Water excretion.
Similarly, dried foods also promote what?
A: Food safety.
Bitterness is a sensation often considered unpleasant characterized by having a what?
A: A sharp, pungent taste.
Umami, the Japanese word for delicious, is the least known in what?
A: Western popular culture but has a long tradition in Asian cuisine.
Umami is the taste of what?
A: Glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate (MSG).
How is it characterized?
A: As savory, meaty, and rich in flavor.