Number to Know
78 percent: The percentage of Americans savoring dessert after dinner has increased 5 percent since 2009, and 78 percent of treats enjoyed after dinner include chocolates, according to a study by The Hartman Group on U.S. eating habits.
How many different colors of carrots are there?
Answer at bottom of rail.
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Food Quiz answer
- D. (Carrots come in orange, yellow, white, red and purple, according to WebMD.com. Carrots also are loaded with beta-carotene, a compound that is naturally converted to vitamin A when consumed. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting.)