Red Wine Statistics

Recently, Morefocused quizzed people’s health knowledge. Over 2,200 people tested themselves by answering questions about vitamins, fat intake, and exercise regiments. Most people got seven out of twelve questions correct (58 percent), translating into a borderline fail! See how you matched up…

These questions tended to stump people most often:

  • What is the maximum percentage of daily calories that should come from fat?

    Although more that one-third of people thought the maximum would be of 20 percent, only 16 percent answered correctly: the maximum is 30 percent.

  • What percentage of Americans eat the U.S. government recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables daily?

    While 62 percent of respondents selected 20 percent, 22 percent were correct: 25 percent of people follow the recommended guidelines.

  • According to the U.S. government, how many minutes should adults exercise every day in order to lose weight?

    Forty percent of people thought that 15-30 minutes would be sufficient, but 11 percent correctly selected 60-90 minutes.

An interesting contradiction lies in that respondents underestimated Americans’ ability to eat healthy, as well as the amount of exercise needed to lose weight. If we eat enough fruits and vegetables, do we need to exercise less? Most people incorrectly assumed so.

Nevertheless, respondents knew the following facts:

  • Saturated fat is the most harmful type of fat.
  • Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.
  • Vitamin A is best for eye health.
  • Women are more likely to suffer from depression than men.
  • Women are three times as likely to experience migraines than men.

The question asking about the largest risk factor for heart attack was the most divisive. Respondents’ answers were fairly evenly divided among the each of the choices. Although the correct answer, smoking, ranked fourth in people’s selections, it still received a fair portion of the attention from the respondents. Nearly one-fifth of people correctly highlighted smoking as the greatest risk factor.

While people tend to have a hard time gauging how healthy others are, this survey found that they generally were health savvy when questions related to how they should take care of themselves.

How Health Savvy Are You?
Question/Answer Responses Percentage
What is the maximum number of cups* of caffeinated coffee that you should drink per day? (*1 cup=8 ounces) 1748
One 603 34.50%
Two 891 50.97%
Three 189 10.81%
Four 49 2.80%
Five 17 0.97%
True or false: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. 1755
TRUE 1379 78.58%
FALSE 376 21.42%
True or false: Men are more likely to suffer from depression than women. 1753
TRUE 390 22.25%
FALSE 1363 77.75%
True or false: Women are three times more likely to experience migraine headaches than men. 1752
TRUE 1563 89.21%
FALSE 189 10.79%
Which of the following vitamins is best for eye health? 1759
Vitamin A 1179 67.03%
Vitamin C 182 10.35%
Vitamin E 398 22.63%
Which of the following types of dietary fat is most harmful to your health? 1750
Polyunsaturated 242 13.83%
Monounsaturated 130 7.43%
Saturated 1378 78.74%
What is the maximum percentage of daily calories that should come from fat? 1733
15% 557 32.14%
20% 661 38.14%
25% 213 12.29%
30% 275 15.87%
35% 27 1.56%
What percentage of Americans eats the government recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables daily? 1718
20% 1062 61.82%
25% 388 22.58%
30% 169 9.84%
35% 59 3.43%
40% 40 2.33%
According to the U.S. government, how many minutes should adults exercise every day in order to lose weight? 1728
10-15 min. 78 4.51%
15-30 min. 687 39.76%
30-45 min. 671 38.83%
45-60 min. 178 10.30%
60-90 min. 114 6.60%
Which of the following is the most common cause of death in the United States? 1730
Diabetes 82 4.74%
Heart disease 1436 83.01%
Stroke 51 2.95%
High cholesterol 53 3.06%
Cancer 108 6.24%
Which of the following lifestyle factors increases your risk of osteoporosis? 1727
Smoking 29 1.68%
Low calcium in diet 328 18.99%
Alcohol consumption 5 0.29%
Inactive lifestyle 44 2.55%
All of the above 1321 76.49%
What is the largest risk factor for a heart attack? 1727
Inactive lifestyle 344 19.92%
High cholesterol 475 27.50%
High blood pressure 597 34.57%
Smoking 302 17.49%
Alcohol consumption 9 0.52%