Questions tagged [diet]

Questions about the effects and improvement of structured eating plans. Questions should usually also be tagged [nutrition]. Questions that are not about eating plans but are instead about nutrition more generally should be tagged only [nutrition].

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Does intake of processed sugar lower the immune system?

Growing up, my parents were very strict about sugar intake, because they had heard "somewhere" that eating refined sugar lowered your immune system function for 12-24 hours. At the time, this seemed ...
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Is rapid weight loss unhealthy?

A commonly quoted figure is that 1-2 pounds (0.5-1 kg) a week is a healthy rate at which to lose weight, and that 'crash diets' are bad for you. What is this figure based on, and in what way is ...
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Is it OK to snack on salted nuts for a high-fibre diet?

I like to snack on nuts as part of ensuring a high-fibre diet, but I prefer the taste of salted nuts over non-salted. Will eating salted nuts cause me significant dehydration or other health issues? ...
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Are organic foods healthier than conventional foods?

There is a popular perception, and many marketing claims, that organic produce (and food in general) is healthier than food grown with conventional methods. Most commonly, the reasons given are: less ...
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How can one measure if vitamins are really helping a patient to delay hair loss?

(Inspired by an answer to a different question on a related topic.) I'm guessing there would have to be a period to measure the current rate of hair loss before making changes on current diet and ...
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Which nuts are best to snack on for a high-fibre diet?

I'm trying to maintain a high-fibre diet, and I understand that snacking on nuts regularly is a good way to do this. At the moment, I tend to snack on Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, and ...
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Which are the effects of removing sugars from a balanced diet for an otherwise healthy person

What effects would removing sugars from a balanced diet have on an otherwise healthy person have? I've heard that both refined and natural sugars can have a negative impact in the body. Is it safe to ...
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Is it safe to stop consuming sugars? [duplicate]

I've heard that consuming sugars can induce many different health problems. I wouldn't really mind excluding them from my diet, but would it be safe? Or do we have a minimum sugar requirement?
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Are nitrites/nitrates in processed meat unhealthy?

A friend of mine has avoided eating any conventional processed meat products for almost a decade because he heard about a risk of cancer and/or prostate problems associated with consumption of ...
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Why is natural sugar healthier than refined sugar?

The WHO recently published this recommendation regarding sugar consumption: Keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth ...
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How should ovo-lacto vegetarians compensate the lack of meat in their diets?

An ovo-lacto vegetarian includes both eggs and dairy products in his diet, but meat is completely excluded. In a regular non-vegetarian diet, meat is very important and provides many benefits if ...

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