Sample Questions

NutriBee seeks to engage elementary and middle schoolers by involving high schoolers, whom they may seek to emulate, in developing the competition questions.

All the questions and answers for the Scripps National Spelling Bee can be found in one book – The unabridged Webster’s English Dictionary.  While at first it seemed to be an added challenge that no such single question database currently exists for nutrition, having to populate such a database is aligned with the NutriBee’s public health goals. Inviting high school students to submit questions to the NutriBee will work towards several of NutriBee’s aims.  It will create a database of questions through the lens of America’s youth and textured by regional diversity. It will also help generate interest in NutriBee from a group middle school students seek to emulate, thereby making NutriBee more engaging.

Examples of NutriBee Questions:

What nutrient gives flamingos, salmon and autumn leaves their color – carotene or vitamin C?
Answer:  Carotene.
Organisms including the human body use colorful chemicals to grow and live. Generally, a deeper color means more of that nutrient is present.  For example, flamingos which get little carotene in their diet have pale feathers.

What part of the human body weighs more – muscle or water?
Answer:  Water.
The healthy human body is approximately 65-70% body water. Since water is present in all cells, we tend to overlook how much of it there is.

Is spinach a carbohydrate?
Answer: Yes.
Carbohydrates include fruits and vegetables as well as cake and sugary drinks.  Carbohydrates are not grouped together because they are good for you or not. They have common chemistry and the body can use them similarly.

Name the insect which makes a carbohydrate found in both ancient tombs and modern grocery stores.
Answer: Honey Bee.
Honey is in the carbohydrate food group. Bees have been domesticated since ancient times primarily for honey.

What extraterrestrial force helps the human body make its own vitamin D?
Answer: Sunlight
Direct sunlight on exposed skin prompts the healthy body to make its own vitamin D. Balance is critical here because while some sunlight is healthful, too much is harmful.

Which holds more a juice glass or a water glass?
Answer: Water glass
A water glass holds 8 fluid ounces and a juice glass holds 6 fluid ounces. A serving of juice is smaller than a serving of water.  A rule of thumb is to drink fewer beverages with calories such as juice, than beverage without calories such as water.

Before you knew it you were at the front of the popcorn line at the movies. Which of your five senses was probably at play?
Answer: Smell (olfaction)
Our sense of smell can make our mouth water before we taste or even see food. The part of the brain that processes smell is poorly connected to the part of the brain that makes decisions.

Which is an Italian food made from ground corn – polenta or cassava?
Answer: Polenta
Cassava (manioc) and corn are both starches which are cultivated and eaten around the world. Polenta is a mash prepared from ground cornmeal.

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