Do you have the low-down on low-carb? Take our quiz

By Erin Haywood

18 September 2019

1 minute read

a plate of low-carb panfried pork, coleslaw salad and a wedge of avocado on a grey plate. In the foreground, there is a small ramekin of pickled ginger and dried seaweed.

Sesame pork with Japanese slaw: a recipe from our new low-carb recipe book.

From Keto to Paleo to the 5:2, you’re spoiled for choice if you’re looking to try a specific diet. And everyone you talk to has an opinion on what’s best – your friends, co-workers, step aunts, the well-intentioned stranger you talked to on the bus once. We do, of course, recommend that a health professional be your first go-to for dietary advice.

But what does science say? Well, there’s no real ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet. However, rigorous testing and research has determined the benefits of a diet that’s low in unrefined carbohydrates (such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fruit) and high in protein and unsaturated, ‘healthy’ fats. This is great for weight loss and managing type-2 diabetes.

So what is it? It’s our Low-Carb diet, an accessible diet with scientific approval.

Since 2012, our scientists have been researching, testing and trialling low-carb eating. The results have brought about our bestselling CSIRO Low-Carb Diet books. Now, we’ve launched our third book of the series, The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy, available in stores and online now.

To celebrate the launch of our new book, we’ve put together a short quiz to test your knowledge. It’s quick like our recipes, but is it easy? There’s only one way to find out!

Super keen? You can order the book now.

At the end of 2018, what percentage of Australian adults were overweight or obese?


Besides those trying to lose weight and improve the quality of their diet, who else may benefit from a low-carb diet?


Which of the below is not a type of carbohydrate?


To effectively lose weight, the foods you eat should be mostly low in fat:

Of the below, which are healthy fats?


Which of the following foods contain carbohydrates?


If you have too much “………”, your blood glucose levels will increase rapidly:


What does the Glycaemic Index (GI) measure?


Which of the below vegetables is highest in carbohydrates?


Which of the below fresh fruits is highest in carbohydrates?


Which of the below beverages is highest in carbohydrates?