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May 1, 2017

How Much Do You Actually Know About Carbs?

Give me carbs or give me death.

Before you start, here's a quick reminder of what a carbohydrate is.

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Carbs are one of the three macronutrients — the other two being protein and fat — and are our body’s main source of energy. There are two types: complex carbs (sweet potatoes, lentils, beans, etc.), which help keep you fuller much longer than simple carbs (fruit, juice, candy, etc.) will, because simple carbs are easily digested and more quickly turned into energy.

Getting a better sense for the actual carb content in different foods — and what other stuff is coming along for the ride, like added sugars, trans fats, sauces, and dressings — will help you understand what’s in the meals and snacks you’re eating and how they fit into your overall diet. You can read more about the function of carbs here, and also how to eat carbs to optimize your workout results here.

Alright, get into it!

  1. Which of these McDonald's items has the most carbs?

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    The Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Salad has the most carbs!

    The Southwest Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Salad has 46 grams of carbs, while a medium order of French fries has 44 grams, a 10-piece chicken nuggets has 26 grams, and a bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle has 45 grams.

    Via mcdonalds.com
  2. Which of these restaurant items has the most carbs?

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    The answer is Panera Bread's broccoli cheddar soup bread bowl!

    Panera Bread's broccoli cheddar soup bread bowl has 149 grams of carbs, while Applebee's chipotle lime chicken quesadilla has 59 grams, Olive Garden's eggplant parmigiana has 113 grams, and TGIF's Cajun shrimp and chicken pasta has 87 grams.

    Via yammiesnoshery.com
  3. Which of these fruits has the most carbs per 1 cup?

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    The correct answer is banana!

    One cup of sliced bananas has 34 grams of carbs, while one cup of cherries without pits has 25 grams, one cup of pineapple chunks has 22 grams, and one cup of mango pieces has 25 grams.

    Via Getty Images
  4. Which of these veggies has the most carbs per 1 cup?

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    The answer is corn!

    One cup of sweet yellow corn has 27 grams of carbs, while one cup of cubed butternut squash has 16 grams, one cup of beets has 13 grams, and one cup of green peas has 21 grams.

    Via anna1311 / Getty Images
  5. Which of these veggies has the fewest carbs per 1 cup?

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is zucchini!

    One cup of chopped zucchini has 4 grams of carbs, while one cup of cauliflower has 5 grams, one cup of chopped carrots has 12 grams, and one cup of chopped onions has 15 grams.

    Via IlonaImagine / Getty Images
  6. Which of these appetizers has the most carbs?

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    The answer is Red Lobster's Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps!

    Red Lobster's Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps have 93 grams of carbs, while Buffalo Wild Wing's cheese curds have 45 grams, Red Robin's Fried Pickle Nickels have 70 grams, and Chili's Margherita Flatbread has 71 grams.

    Via redlobster.com
  7. Which of these breakfast items has the fewest carbs?

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    The answer is Denny's Supreme Skillet!

    Denny's Supreme Skillet has 33 grams of carbs, while Taco Bell's Breakfast Quesadilla has 37 grams, the Dunkin' Donuts' Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich has 44 grams, and IHOP's Double Blueberry Pancakes have 120 grams.

    Via dennys.com
  8. Which of these breakfast items has the most carbs?

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is Starbucks' blueberry scone!

    Starbucks' blueberry scone has 61 grams of carbs, while Tim Horton's Mixed Berry Homestyle Oatmeal has 44 grams, Burger King's Hash Brown Burrito has 27 grams, and Denny's All-American Slam with toast has 51 grams.

    Via starbucks.com
  9. Which of these drinks has the most carbs per 12 ounces?

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is Tropicana Original Orange Juice!

    Tropicana Original Orange Juice has 39 grams of carbs per 12 ounces, Canada Dry Ginger Ale has 36 grams, Sprite has 38 grams, and Gatorade Thirst Quencher Lemon-Lime has 22 grams.

    Via tropicana.com
  10. Which of these snacks has the most carbs per 1 ounce?

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is Rold Gold Tiny Twists Pretzels!

    The serving size for all of these snacks is 1 ounce. Rold Gold Tiny Twists Pretzels have 23 grams of carbs per ounce (which, btw, is about 17 pretzels), while Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips have 18 grams per ounce (or per 10 chips), Frito Lay Munchies have 18 grams per 3/4 cup (or ounce), and Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn has 14 grams per ounce (in 1 3/4 cups).

    Via fritolay.com
  11. Which of these desserts has the most carbs?

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake!

    Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake has 94 grams of carbs, while a small DQ Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard has 79 grams, a Baskin-Robbins Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich has 70 grams, and a Panera Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake has 53 grams.

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  12. Which of these candy bars has the most carbs? 

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is Milky Way!

    Milky Ways have 37 grams of carbs, while Kit Kats have 27 grams, Snickers have 33 grams, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups have 29 grams.

    Via hersheys.com
  13. Which of these lunch options has the fewest carbs?

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    Wrong! 

    Wendy's Baconator has the least amount of carbs!

    Wendy's Baconator has 32 grams of carbs, while Quizno's Basil Pesto Turkey 8'' sub has 67 grams, Arby's Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich has 42 grams, and Subway's Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki 6'' sub has 58 grams.

    Via menu.wendys.com
  14. Which of these sides has the most carbs?

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    Wrong! 

    The answer is Applebee's sweet potato fries!

    Applebee's sweet potato fries have 51 grams of carbs, while the French onion soup has 27 grams, the loaded garlic mashed potatoes have 34 grams, and the loaded baked potato has 41 grams.

    Via applebees.com

Editor's note: This quiz is mean purely to test your knowledge of the amount of carbohydrates in different foods. It is in no way implying that because some of these items have more carbs, they aren't as healthy as the other options they're being compared with. For more information on carbs and how they affect your body, you can go here.

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