Did You Sleep Through High School Health Class?

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Wake up and give me 5! Did you sleep through high school health class? Or did you spend the hour busy passing notes to your high school crush? What do you REALLY remember about these physical, mental, and emotional health basics? Remind us, what room in the house has the most germs again?

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1. PMS stands for:

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  1. Philips Medical Systems
  2. Premenstrual Syndrome
  3. Promise Me, Silly!
  4. Property Management System
It's everybody's favorite time of month. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) makes 90% of women some combination of moody, bloated, or headachey.
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2. Which body part never stops growing?

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  1. Your wrist
  2. Your chin
  3. Your ears
  4. Your fingers
Fun fact: Most of your body will quietly shrink as you age. Most of you, that is, except your nose and ears. Those keep on getting beautifully bigger... and sometimes hairier!
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3. One of these foods might give you Salmonella:

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  1. The chocolate syrup
  2. The runny eggs
  3. The bread
  4. The coffee
Remember to cook your eggs! Salmonella bacteria are nasty. If you're infected, you can spend days with diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
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4. What is the best way for Bob to start losing weight?

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  1. By watching more Netflix
  2. By beginning to make healthier food choices
  3. Tapeworms as diet pills
  4. By running marathons every day
Turns out that your choice of food is even more important than the way you work out. Think about that the next time you reach for a bag of chips or a burger.
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5. When you are inebriated, you're most likely to:

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  1. Lose control over your reflexes
  2. Speak 10 languages fluently
Alcohol does alter your mind, but not by magically increasing your language capacities. Having a glass a day is no biggy. A lot more and you might lose control of your reflexes. This is extremely dangerous behind the wheel, for example.
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6. Avoid food poisoning by:

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  1. Only eating dark green foods
  2. You're doomed
  3. Not eating food from street vendors, ever
  4. Separating raw meat from other foods in your fridge
The streets aren't the only places you can get food poisoning. To avoid food poisoning at home, make sure to keep your raw meats away from other things, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Why? You won't cook these foods before eating them, so any bacteria transferred onto them won't be killed.
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7. Pick the STD out of the crowd:

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  1. Chlamydia
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Blindness
  4. Chicken Pox
No one likes to think about it, but the most common STD in the United States is the human papillomavirus (HPV). Chlamydia is also common. Over 1.7 million people got it in 2017.
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8. Which of the following causes the most deaths in the United States?

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  1. Plane crashes
  2. Fires
  3. Sharks
  4. Heart disease
Heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States. How can you prevent it? Eat healthy, exercise, and limit your consumption of alcohol.
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9. The average person starts feeling tipsy after:

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  1. 3 drinks
  2. 15 drinks
For most people, it only takes 3 drinks to start feeling the **ahem** more negative effects of alcohol. This is an average, only. The amount of drinks it takes for people to feel the negative effects of alcohol varies depending on sex, age, weight, and height.
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10. Pick the room that's usually home to the most germs:

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  1. The garage
  2. The living room
  3. The bedroom
  4. The kitchen
It's true! Kitchens and germs are in love. Did you know that, on average, kitchens are likely to have more germs than bathrooms? Something to think about next time you put off doing the dishes.
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11. Is your resting heart rate healthy? Within which range should it be, in beats per minute?

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  1. Between 60 - 100 bpm
  2. Between 100 - 150 bpm
  3. Between 10 - 20 bpm
  4. Between 150 - 300 bpm
If you're not an athlete, your heart rate should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute. If you train every day, lower heart rates are normal (between 40 and 60 bpm).
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12. Stressed? Why don't you try:

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  1. Bingeing on Netflix
  2. Cutting out caffeine
  3. Eating as much candy as possible
  4. Getting mad at everyone
It's not good news for coffee lovers, but don't shoot the messenger. Reducing your caffeine intake DOES lower stress. And that's a good thing. Being stressed can lead to mental health problems. It also puts you at a higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure.
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13. Which of these activities puts you at risk for mono?

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  1. Kissing
  2. Being late to class
  3. Doing homework together
  4. Holding hands
Did you get it, too? Mono (short for mononucleosis) is transmitted through saliva. Its most common symptoms? Soar throats, fevers, and Jaundice. Which gives a whole other meaning to "don't kiss and tell..." Don't you think?
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14. You are in a burning building. Your room is NOT on fire. Should you open your door?

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  1. Feel the door for heat, first
  2. Stay put no matter what
  3. Yes - as fast as I can!
  4. Better just to panic
Breathe. Remain calm. If the room you are in isn't on fire, don't rush to get out. Feel the doors first. If they're hot, opening them might be the wrong move. Try another escape route, like a window. Or wait for a firefighter to save you.
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15. Male ejaculation can live up to _____ in a woman's uterus.

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  1. 39 days
  2. 5 days
5 days. Of course, if you choose to go the frozen-route, sperm can "survive" for years. Impressive, eh?
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16. Out of the following, which method prevents MOST STDS?

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  1. Condoms
  2. There is no way!
  3. Avoid public restrooms
  4. Wash your hands
It's hard to pick up an STD if you avoid intercourse altogether! But, if you're like most adults, you'll know that's not always a practical choice. Latex condoms are also effective. Oh, and stick to the water-based lube.
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17. This beverage contains a lot of:

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  1. Calcium
  2. Sugar
  3. Love
  4. Iron
Got milk? Then chances are you've got about 12% of the calcium you need a day. Milk also contains Cobalamin. Cobalamin is also called B12, and it's good for your red blood cells and nerve tissues.
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18. Ouch! How hot should water be when you wash your hands?

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  1. 100˚ F
  2. 150˚ F
100 degrees! And don't forget to scrub. Scrubbing creates friction which removes those pesky microbes from your skin. Did you remember to get under your nails?
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19. How effective are condoms at preventing pregnancy?

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  1. 20%
  2. 101%
  3. 47%
  4. 98%
Disclaimer: You've got to use them correctly. If you do, condoms are 98% effective at preventing an unwanted pregnancy. In practice, of course, people are less than perfect. If you want a safer bet, try IUDs.
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20. Thirsty? How much water should you drink per day?

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  1. 17 gallons
  2. 1 tablespoon
  3. 3 gallons
  4. 1/2 gallon
Between 45% and 65% of our bodies are water. Eight, 8-ounce glasses a day should keep you going. Of course, if you'd rather drink your water in bigger quantities, try two, 1-liter bottles, or a 1/2 gallon.
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21. If you smoke cigarettes, you are at risk of:

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  1. Being too cool for school
  2. Lung cancer
  3. Yellow toenails
  4. Getting bad grades
Cigarette smoking can be traced to almost 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. Here's another fact: you're more likely to die from cigarette smoking than in a car accident. Here's a third one: lung cancer ain't pretty, and cigarette smoking causes it.
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22. How many hours should you sleep per night?

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  1. At least 4.5 hours
  2. 7 - 9 hours
Why sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night? Just like your phone, your body needs time to "update" while resting. Without it, your body will start breaking down. You won't be able to work, move, or even communicate in the same way. Eventually, you'll break down completely.
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23. How can you prevent smoke inhalation when in a burning building?

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  1. Breathe deeply
  2. Pray
  3. Hold your breath
  4. Cover your face with a wet cloth
One of the leading causes of death in a fire is from smoke inhalation, not burns. Reduce the risk of smoke inhalation by covering your face with a wet towel and only breathing through your nose.
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24. A carrot a day keeps the eye doctor at bay! This food is a good source of:

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  1. Saturated fats
  2. Glucose
  3. Whole wheat
  4. Vitamin A
Carrots are particularly good sources of vitamin A (from beta carotene), K1 (phylloquinone), and B6. Vitamin A, of course, is great for your eyesight.
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25. You see someone lying unconscious on the floor. What do you do first?

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  1. Start panicking and run!
  2. Move them as fast as possible
  3. Call 911
  4. Film them with an iPhone and post it online
After calling 911 (or getting someone else to), if the person is not breathing, try CPR. Most importantly, don't run. Stay with the person until medical assistance arrives.
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26. What is Kate doing?

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  1. Yoga
  2. Spinning
Kate's in a spin class! (And yes, perhaps she is also watching Netflix). How many calories is she burning? Spinners often burn between 400-600 calories per 40-minute session.
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27. How do you know someone is choking?

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  1. They're coughing
  2. They tell you
  3. They're singing the YMCA
  4. Their hands are clutching their throat
Seeing someone with their hands clutched to their throat is a universal sign of choking. If a person can cough, cry, or laugh then that's probably a sign that things are still okay. If not, try the Heimlich Maneuver.
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28. At what age does the average girl get her period in the United States?

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  1. What's a period?
  2. 18 years old
  3. 7 years old
  4. 12 years old
If your daughter's 12 and hasn't gotten her period yet, don't sweat it. Girls can get their periods between 8 and 15 years of age. 12 just happens to be the age that the average girl in the States gets hers.
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29. True or False: A good response to bullying is to punch the bullier.

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  1. True
  2. False
An eye for an eye makes everyone blind? OR NOT. Here are some alternatives to punching: talk with the person being bullied. Ask what you can do to help. You can also try to report the incident to someone with the authority to step in.
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30. What's the first step for treating frostbite?

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  1. Check the weather
  2. Get to a warm place
  3. Put a bandaid on it
  4. Amputation, always
When your skin or underlying tissue freezes, you've got frostbite. How do you treat it? GET SOMEPLACE WARM. Only after this should you remove any wet clothing and try to warm the frostbitten area with warm water.
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31. You're looking at a balanced breakfast. True or False?

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  1. True
  2. False
You wish! Too much sugary cereal is notoriously bad for you! Why? It's a highly-processed, nutrition-lacking food with trans-fats and artificial coloring. Translation? There is almost nothing healthy about it.
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32. Which of these is NOT a symptom of alcohol poisoning:

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  1. Blue skin
  2. Sexual prowess
You've been warned. A person with alcohol poisoning should seek immediate medical care. In the worst-case scenario, alcohol poisoning leads to coma and even death.
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33. Your friend Stan is complaining about pain in the left side of his chest. That might be a sign of:

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  1. A heart attack
  2. Pink eye
  3. Measles
  4. Meningitis
In men, potential signs of a heart attack are: pain or discomfort in the chest, nausea, indigestion, or abdominal pain, trouble breathing, tiredness, lightheadedness or sudden dizziness.
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34. Which of these foods is rich in potassium?

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  1. The peanuts
  2. The chocolate sprinkles
  3. The banana
  4. The Nutella
Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges. Over 107 countries grow this potassium-rich fruit!
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35. Is walking briskly an effective form of exercise?

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  1. Yes!
  2. No
No need to run a marathon. Walking briskly is actually good for you! Doing so regularly can reduce your risk of health disease and stroke, lower high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and reduce muscle pain. It can also improve your balance and reduce your body fat.
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36. What is a symptom of a second-degree burn?

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  1. A bit of redness
  2. Blisters
  3. Second-degree burns don't exist
  4. A luminous glow
Expect a healing time of several weeks. Second-degree burns affect both the skin's outer layer (the epidermis) and its second layer (the dermis). Blisters, while a symptom, might be the least of your worries. When improperly treated, bigger second-degree burns often lead to infections.
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37. How many calories per day should the average woman consume?

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  1. 750
  2. 2,000
  3. 3,000
  4. 8,000
Health experts estimate that the average woman should eat about 2,000 calories a day, and the average man about 2,500. That's about how much energy you need to keep yourself going under normal circumstances. Of course, if you exercise a lot, or if you are particularly tall, you may need to up your intake.
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38. What is this woman performing?

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  1. CPR
  2. A romantic ritual
  3. A breast biopsy
  4. The Heimlich Maneuver
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may save the life of someone whose heartbeat has stopped. If you aren't trained in giving CPR, stick to chest compressions: 100 - 120/minute until a paramedic arrives.
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39. The Pill can ONLY prevent:

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  1. Annoying mothers-in-law
  2. STDS
  3. Bad dates
  4. Pregnancy
The pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. All your other problems need other solutions.
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40. Which of the following medicines will also reduce swelling?

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  1. Only a combination of all 3
  2. Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen not only relieves pain, but it's also an anti-inflammatory drug. How? It reduces the hormones that cause pain and inflammation. Don't get us wrong. We've got nothing bad to say about the other medicines in the picture.
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41. True or False: Lack of sleep can cause a stroke.

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  1. False
  2. True
True! Having problems solving all of life's problems? Trust us: Sleep on it. Not getting a good night's sleep hurts your concentration, alertness, and ability to learn.
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42. Where should you put your fingers to measure your heart rate?

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  1. Your eye
  2. Your windpipe
  3. Your knee
  4. Your forehead
Find your windpipe. Now, place your index and third fingers to its side. Can you feel it? Alternatively, you can place two fingers on your wrist, closer to your thumb.
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43. How many times per day should you eat?

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  1. It doesn't really matter
  2. 20
  3. 100
  4. 1
There is no rhyme or reason to it! It turns out that eating smaller meals is just as effective as eating two or three bigger meals. Can we give a suggestion? Don't concentrate on quantity, concentrate on quality.
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44. Periods last from 3-7 days, but how long is the average menstrual cycle?

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  1. 2 months
  2. 28 days
How can you calculate your menstrual cycle? Start at the first day of your period, and then count each day until the first day of your next period. Normal cycles can range anywhere between 21 - 35 days, although the average is 28 days.
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45. Which of these will strengthen your bones?

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  1. Playing video games
  2. Weightlifting
  3. Bobsledding
  4. Thumb wrestling
It sounds strange, but weightlifting strengthens your bones by stressing them. Your bone density increases to better handle the stress that the weighlifting induces.
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46. How many times should you chew softer foods before swallowing?

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  1. 50 times
  2. 5-10 times
Why chew softer foods 5-10 times? Under-chewed food is more likely to cause bacterial growth. Chewing also releases saliva, which relaxes your lower stomach and speeds up digestion.
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47. One symptom of anorexia is:

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  1. A great smile
  2. Thinning hair
It's sad but true. Over 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. How can you tell if someone close to you has one? Look out for: extreme weight loss or gain, abnormal thinness, fatigue and trouble sleeping, dizziness and fainting, bluish tinge to fingers, and thin or brittle hair.
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48. How much non-perishable food should you keep in case of an emergency?

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  1. 1/2 day supply
  2. 3-day supply
Along with a 3-day supply of non-perishables, we recommend keeping: one-gallon of water per person for three days, a battery-powered radio and batteries, a first-aid kit, a whistle, and a flashlight.
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49. How much moderate-intensity aerobic activity should you do per week?

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  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Why would I move?
  3. 15 hours
  4. 15 minutes
Here's the low-down. Per week, experts recommend 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. How many times should you do muscle-strengthening activities? Glad you asked! Twice a week.
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50. Is this food pyramid up-to-date?

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  1. No
  2. Yes
Grains are no longer the base of the food pyramid! The new food pyramid recommends more fruits and vegetables and fewer carbs.
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