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What is rock salt? Is it helpful for diabetics?

I am a type-2 diabetic on oral medications (not insulin). On the recommendation of a relative, I started using rock salt in my food. Now, I have few questions on consumption of rock salt. Primarily, ...
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What is Junk food? When doctors advise to avoid junk food, what does that mean?

A doctor has advised my friend to leave off eating junk food. Following are things which he eats generally, but which are junk among them? Pizza(Dominos) Fruit Juice Pastry (Chocolate) Soyabean (...
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How much mercury is contained in sea salt?

Eating fish means eating mercury in meaningful quanties. The EFSA advocates for that reason against eating tuna every day. If I buy sea salt, does it also contain mercury? Is so how much? Is it a ...
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Does some food increase pollen allergy symptoms?

As a pollen allergic, should I avoid of eating some kinds of food which may increase pollen allergy symptoms?
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What if you eat meat with cancer? [closed]

I saw a picture on Facebook about butcher's cutting out cancer when processing meat. If consumed, would it be dangerous to us? Can we get sick? I'm assuming the body's immune system would recognize ...
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Is Glue on Chocolate and other Wrappers Safe/ Edible?

Is the glue from the wrappers on chocolate bars (Yorkie for example) and other foods safe to eat and consume (sometimes it gets stuck on the product)? I tried researching but came up blank... I am ...
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What are the health risks of drinking Diet Coke while chewing Mentos?

I assume many of you are aware what happens when you drop Mentos into Diet Coke bottle: source However, that Wikipedia article does not mention what happens if this eruption happens inside a person, ...
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Does tea cause gags?

It's been a personal experience. I am at home now and take tea twice a day. For 2 months now I have been having acidity problems, which, my doctor told me, were the main reason I have been getting ...
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Is it safe to cook in Corelle/Vitrelle on 250 degrees celsius? [closed]

I have this habit where every morning I cook two fillets of tilapia for breakfast. I've been doing it every morning for over a year now. I do the cooking directly on the plate I'm eating on. I'll rub ...
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Can I continue to eat a cereal my cat ate out of?

So this morning I eating cereal (lucky charms) and the batteries to my remote were running low so I went to go change them, leaving my cereal in my room. When I came back my kitten around 3 or 4 ...
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Does eating too much cocoa have harmful side effects?

My question concerns the consumption of pure, unsweetened cocoa. The cocoa to be consumed could either be boiled or mixed with tap water. Its consistency could range from buttery to creamy to soda-...
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What is the best cooking oil for a person with ischemic heart disease?

My grandmother has atherosclerosis and suffers from cardiovascular disease (ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease). The doctor recommended her not to eat butter or ghee. Which type of ...
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Can of soup with negative pressure (slightly implodes) on opening: Safe to eat?

Opened a can of soup and it made a loud noise with the open-tab lid suddenly pulling in. I know that bacterial decay can make cans bulge (due to gaseous byproducts of bacterial metabolism) and the ...
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How dangerous is it to eat the worms inside fruits?

because I have diabetes, I try to have more dried fruits instead of cookies, and one of my recent favorites is dried figs. I buy them from Costco. Today I came across this page on Amazon on the same ...
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Are consumable goods from stores safety tested?

I am aware that to sell food items supermarkets and such require licences and must pass health inspections. But what about the products themselves? I read this which mentions some low risk products ...
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Rodents falling from the ceiling at Chipotle restaurants, what to do?

Assume that rodents (i.e. rats) steal part of your food and there is a norovirus outbreak. With respect to norovirus, I think there is not much I can do to "prevent" myself from catching the illness; ...
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Is Jicama root safe to eat every day?

Is 4-6oz of Jicama root safe to eat every day? According to the following website, Jicama root contains a fat-soluble organic toxin that is linked to the development of Parkinson's disease. It then ...
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What level of alcohol in food is dangerous for children?

I've come across a number of food products that have some alcohol ranging from .04% to 2% they often don't have warnings and you only find by going through the ingredients. Some examples deserts ...
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Is eating dirt good?

A while back, I my parents knew a family who had a son. His parents believed in some weird thing that if you eat dirt, your immunity will increase and you will be less prone to sickness. However in my ...
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Is there any possible health risks to eating subway every day? [closed]

Every day, I eat an average 6' subway sandwich, which is around 300 calories plus a drink (sweet tea). There may be a possibility that the meats are processed and i can realize that, but is eating ...
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Bread and acid reflux

I have been told that bread can cause acid reflux? What in the bread would cause this and is that found in other foods that are not usually associated with gerd?
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Is outside food really safe to eat during COVID-19 outbreak?

There are 2 contradicting messages out there that mandate this question: "It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching ...
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Baked potato okay after sitting in the oven all night vs. Botulism or other risk? [closed]

Sometimes I forget the potatoes in the oven when there's enough going on. And there they are again - baked last evening, they sat through the oven's cool-down and then through the night. Should they ...
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Can virus and bacteria survive in soda water? (carbonated water)

I was wandering if it is possible for soda to be contaminated by viruses/bacteria originating from water that was used to produce it. I have to specific questions: Can jaundice virus/bacteria survive ...
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Is eating refregerated home cooked food daily bad for health?

I cook food on Sunday in bulk quantity, enough to last me lunch and dinner till Wednesday (sometimes Thursday if I had to skip for outside food in between). I separate everyday meals in rubber maid ...
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Can basil affected by Fusarium wilt be eaten safely?

I have a Basil plant that appears to be affected by Fusarium wilt. Let's assume my diagnosis of the plant's issue is correct. Can I safely harvest the whole plant and eat the leaves that haven't ...
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What is known about transmission of coronaviruses through food?

I've seen a lot data about COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) on dry surfaces. But what about wet mediums, in particular food? In the West, it's easy enough to disinfect supermarket packages (before opening ...
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Steps to ensure incoming foods from many grocery bags do not carry COVID-19 virus into the Refrigerator, Kitchen, Home?

PPS: If this is more Biology or LifeHacks then please feel to move it there. But this is a key VIRUS VECTOR that will come indoors and we are not all competent to "sanitize" the variety of items. ...
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How long does syrup actually last?

Two weeks ago, one of my friends asked me, "What does 'expired on' text on a syrup really mean?'" He is currently working in a place that uses syrup as one of their main product, slushes, then a ...
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Bacteria location in food poisoning?

Where is the majority of bacteria located in food that leads to food poisoning? I.E in most cases is it on the surface, or deep within the food (i.e in the case of "cooked" meat, or balanced?
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Food safety and implications of cooked food left un-refridgerated

Expanding on the question here: What are the health implications and safety hazards when one leaves food outside the fridge for longer periods (12-24hours for example) and how likely are those to ...
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How long can I keep cooked food in a tupperware container outside of the fridge for? [closed]

Here it says to throw away cooked food that has been left unrefrigerated for more than two hours. Is that the case even if the food's in a tupperware container?
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Which kind of healthy vitamins and enzymes decrease during freezing? [closed]

I heard that a lot of useful vitamins, minerals and enzymes are not saved and decrease after different periods in the freezer. Is it true? How does the temperature of freezing and duration of saving ...
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Is it healthy to eat the stomachs and waste organs of molluscs?

In the interest of brevity, I'll denote 'molluscs' to mean the phylum that includes the different classes for clams, mussels, scallops, etc.. Ought humans to avoid consuming the stomachs and other ...
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Does daily intake of hibiscus juice increases the risk of impotence in a male?

After reading Mahmoud's article (2012) I started wondering... Does daily intake of hibiscus juice increase the risk of impotence in a human male? If so, what levels of hibiscus is beneficial and what ...
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Why was orcein banned in Europe?

Orcein was long used as a food dye before it was banned in "Europe" in 1977, according to the Wikipedia. Of course, Europe is composed of many different countries, so the statement in the ...
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My fruit punch Gatorade has a new warning label saying that it is genetically engineered

I drink fruit punch Gatorade pretty often - once to three times a week, I'd say. Tonight, my bottle has a new warning label on it, written in boldface: Partially produced with genetic ...
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Best way to clean dry fruits and nuts before eating

Recently I got acute Diarrhoea, which I suspect to be due ton a new packet of dates which I purchased recently (1st time I'm using this). I have dry fruits and nuts regularly, however I haven't ...
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PPIs and foodborne illnesses

This question arose due to an answer in Cooking Exchange. It was stated that certain larvae can survive stomach acid and pass thru to the intestine. When a patient is on PPIs, are there foods to be ...
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Will eating a smoked steak every 2-3 weeks lead to high risk of cancer?

I cook steak every 2-3 weeks and I'm thinking about buying and using this Breville Smoke Infuser with my steak but I'm concerned about the cancer risks associated to smoking meat. Should I be ...
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Affect of raw and diluted sodium on human

What is the affect of sodium on human if taken raw and if taken diluted . For example if I take 5g salt as raw and if I diluted the same with 1 liter water and consume will the effects on the body ...
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How to decide which kind of rice to prefer?

I have the word-of-mouth idea that brown, or at least parboilt rice is nutritionally better for you than white rice. But then I read Is there any downside in eating whole-grain rice instead of white ...
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Should we stop using aluminium foil in food preparation and storage?

In view of the findings reported in [strong-evidence-linking-aluminium-alzheimers][2] should we stop using aluminium containers to store food and aluminium foil to wrap food? I am 85 years old, is it ...
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Can I eat fish everyday or alternate day?

I am planning to eat fish daily, because I love fish. If I eat like that do I have any chance of developing health issues ? Any suggestions are welcome.
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Can I re-used Yankee Candle glass bottle for food?

I have a few used Yankee Candle glass bottles. I am wondering if I can use them for storing honey or other food items?
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How to make goat milk safe for consumption?

The milk under consideration is from a goat that is not from a goat-farm, just a loose goat that eats whatever she gets, hanging around mostly garbage (in India), if we milk her and boil the milk once,...
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Are dosages of Saccharin Sodium in food are non-carcinogenic?

There is such sweetener as Saccharin Sodium that being added sometimes in drinks and just sold as sweetener on it's own. I didn't found information about dosages, but but on nih.gov I see this: ...
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Why does the USDA not examine aliments for weighted mean nutrient reduction potential and weighted mean fat viscocity and divulge such information?

So I get that antioxidants are really important to combat free radicals, aging, stress, e.t.c. This information is quantified by the reduction potential. Would the value of the information be less ...
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How dangerous is it to microwave melamine? [closed]

I've just eaten a meal off a melamine plate without knowing it. The food started frozen, so the plate went in the microwave several times in 30-second intervals. I see plenty of sources saying "don't ...
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Is it safe and beneficial to eat poached and cut fish bones?

I have allergies to many foods such as dairy, nuts etc so having a difficult time getting enough calcium from natural food sources. I have realised that fish bones are a good source of calcium, ...
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